Cittern Makers and Suppliers

Last updated Thursday, June 21, 2012.

The following is a list of makers involved in the reproduction of historical string instruments who are known to make citterns. The intent is to list makers who specifically work with making citterns and other instruments from the metal-strung plucked instrument family (eg. bandoras, orpharions, metal-strung theorboes), though in most cases they also make other instruments as well (lutes, guitars, &c.). The listing is divided alphabetically.Those interested in purchasing an instrument should contact the luthiers directly and ask questions about the types of instruments they make, price lists, current availability, length of their waiting list, whether one can actually examine an instrument they've made, whether they know of used instruments for sale, and so on.

Please note: This list was compiled from information provided by subscribers to the lute and cittern discussion lists in addition to references sent to me personally. The listing of a maker or supplier here is not a recommendation, endorsement or guarantee of quality — implied or otherwise. It is provided solely as a courtesy to those looking for information. As in all things, caveat emptor.

For additions and corrections to this list, please contact me.


~ Makers of Citterns ~

Nikos Apollonio
"Maker since 1962 of guitars, citterns, violins and viols, harps, mandolins and Irish bouzoukis."
59 Spring Lane
Rockport, Maine 04856 USA
guittern at gmail.com

Stephen Barber & Sandi Harris
11a Peacock Yard
London SE17 3LH UK
Tel: +44-71-703 9978
http://www.LutesAndGuitars.co.uk
sb.sh at LutesAndGuitars.co.uk

Daniel Betsill
Betsillworkshop
Stone Mountain, GA USA
(404) 317-5462
http://www.betsillworkshop.com
djbetsill at bellsouth.net

James Bisgood
Hill Cottage
The Street
Great Hockham
Norfolk UK
j.bisgood at argonet.co.uk

Bruce Brook
Maker of lutes, theorboes, baroque guitars, vihuelas, orpharions, bandoras, and pegs.
1 Highview Close
Windmill Hill
Herstmonceux
East Sussex, England, BN27 4TR
Tel: 01323 832979
http://www.brucebrook.co.uk
bruce at brucebrook.co.uk

David Bucher
5403 Woodson Rd.
Raytown, MO 64133
Tel: 816-678-1367
glideroc46 at yahoo.com

Ugo Casalonga
Maker of the specialized "Corsican cittern" (8 double courses)
Pigna 20220
Corsica
Tel: 04 95 61 77 15
Fax: 04 95 61 79 18
http://monsite.wanadoo.fr/ugocetera
ugo.casalonga at wanadoo.fr

Carlo Cecconi
http://www.carlocecconi.com
info at carlocecconi.com

Bob Duffy
5718 Elaine Street
Speedway, IN 46224 USA
Tel: 317-293-1055

Lyn Elder
74 North Street
Bristol VT, 05443 USA
Tel: 802-453-3625
lynelder08 at gmail.com

 

Peter Forrester
Sunflower House
Beechwood Avenue
Aylmerton
Norfolk NR11 8QQ UK
Tel: + 44 1263 837711
peterforrester at waitrose.com

Ludwig Friess
Am Schlossberg7
8850 Murau
Austria
Tel: 0043 664 4152528
ludwigfriess at hotmail.com

Steve Hicks
62 Beechfield Ave
Birstall
Leicester LE4 4DA UK
Tel: + 44(0)116 267 4373
luthimus at yahoo.co.uk

Daniel Larson
26 N. 28th Ave. E.
Duluth, MN 55812 USA
Toll-free Tel/Fax in USA: 1-888-724-8099
Outside the USA Tel/Fax: 01-218-724-8011
http://www.daniellarson.com
dan at daniellarson.com

Gesina Liedmeier
Middelwaard 2
6631 BJ Horssen
The Netherlands
Tel/fax +31 (0)487-541201
http://www.liedmeier.nl or http://www.violmaker.com
gesina at liedmeier.nl

John Lucas
16 Clara Street
Erskineville, NSW 2037
Australia

Graham Macdonald
PO Box 365,
Jamison, ACT, 2614
Australia
Tel: + 61 2 6251 4372
http://www.mcdonaldstrings.com
graham at mcdonaldstrings.com

Christian Magdeleine — LIUTERA
Maker of the specialized "Corsican cittern" (8 double courses)
2 Piazza Guasco - Terra Nova
20200 BASTIA - CORSICA
Tel/Fax: (33).04.95.31.78.99
http://www.liutera-magdeleine.net/
christian.magdeleine at wanadoo.fr

Steffen Milbradt & Caroline Zillman
Schlossergasse 1
01662 Meissen
Germany
Tel: 03521 / 402772
http://www.saitenspiel-zeug.de
zillmann_milbradt at gmx.net at gmx.net

 

Northern Renaissance Instruments
Partners: Ephraim Segerman [USA], Yvonne Segerman
Luthiers: John Duncalf, Neil Brook
6 Needham Avenue
Chorlton-cum-Hardy
Manchester M21 8AA UK
Tel/Fax: +44 (0) 161 881 8134
http://www.nrinstruments.demon.co.uk
post at nrinstruments.demon.co.uk

Sebastián Núñez & Verónica Estevez
Makers of Early Musical Instruments
Vlijtstraat 6-A
3513 SV Utrecht
Netherlands
Tel: +31 30 2400013 / 2316149
http://www.earlymusicalinstruments.info
nunez.estevez at wanadoo.nl

Renaissance Workshop Company, Ltd.
(plans, kits, and fully built instruments)
38 Manningham Lane
Bradford BD1 3EA UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1274 201752
Fax: +44 (0) 1274 201753
http://www.renwks.com
sales at renwks.com

Jesús Reolid
Constructor de instrumentos musicales de cuerda (citterns, citoles, lutes, guitars, and other instruments).
http://ret007ei.eresmas.net/reolid/index.htm
jreolid at zanfona.com

Edward Rusnak
1475 rue Rachel
Montreal
Quebec H2J 2K3 CANADA
Tel: 514-524-8251
valhalla at mtl.axxent.ca

Andrew Rutherford
Maker of lutes, guitars & citterns, especially the recently auctioned "English" cittern from Christie's.
136 Waverly Place #12B
New York, NY 10014 USA
Tel: 212-243-5325
luteworld at gmail.com

George Stevens
11 Ness Road, Lydd, Romney Marsh
Kent TN29 9DR UK
Tel (+44)01797 320 152
http://www.gstevensluthier.co.uk
info at gstevensluthier.co.uk

Matthias Wagner
Klemmbachstr. 11 A
D 79410 Badenweiler - Schweighof
Tel: +(49) 7632 - 82 86 95
Fax: +(49) 7632 - 82 898 68
http://www.lutes-strings.de (see cittern listings under "lutes")
Send email via his mail form.



~ Suppliers of Strings and Other Materials ~

Bruce Brook (luthier)
In addition to instruments, Bruce also makes hand twisted high- and low-twist brass and iron strings for cittern, bandora, and orpharion.
1 Highview Close
Windmill Hill
Herstmonceux
East Sussex, England, BN27 4TR
Tel: 01323 832979
http://www.brucebrook.co.uk
bruce at brucebrook.co.uk

The Instrument Workshop
A good selection of various types of wire strings for piano, harpsichord, etc., including Malcolm-Rose wire.
7793 Hwy. 66
Ashland, OR 97520 USA
Tel: 541-488-4671
http://www.fortepiano.com

Le Point d'Accroche
Strings for cittern chitarra battente, lutes, oud, etc.
4, avenue de la Porte de Montmartre
75018 Paris, France
Tel/Fax: (0033) 01 42 52 65 82
http://www.lepointdaccroche.com

 

Andrew Hartig Custom Strings for Period Wire-Strung Instruments
Specializing in hand-twisted wire strings for cittern, bandora, orpharion, ceterone, cithrinchen, lautenzister, English guittar, guitharre allemande, Corsican cetera, chitarra battente, Neopolitan mandolin, clavichord, harpsichord, Irish harp, etc. Custom string set-ups and consulting.
Pacifica, CA USA
http://www.amhstrings.theaterofmusic.com

Malcolm Rose
Supplier of plain brass and iron strings.
The Workshop, English Passage, Lewes
East Sussex, England, BN7 2AP
Tel: (0) 1273 481010
http://www.malcolm-rose.com
info at malcolm-rose.com

Northern Renaissance Instruments
Partners: Ephraim Segerman [USA], Yvonne Segerman
6 Needham Avenue
Chorlton-cum-Hardy
Manchester M21 8AA UK
Tel/Fax: +44 (0) 161 881 8134
http://www.nrinstruments.demon.co.uk
post at nrinstruments.demon.co.uk

 

Renaissance Workshop Company, Ltd.
(Plectrum and strings)
38 Manningham Lane
Bradford BD1 3EA UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1274 201752
Fax: +44 (0) 1274 201753
http://www.renwks.com
sales at renwks.com

Matthias Wagner
Distributor of Savarez, Aquila, Kuerschner, Pyramid, and Pirastro strings for lutes, viols, violins, harps, cittern and other historical instruments
Klemmbachstr. 11 A
D 79410 Badenweiler - Schweighof
Tel: +(49) 7632 - 82 86 95
Fax: +(49) 7632 - 82 898 68
http://www.lutes-strings.de
Send email via his mail form.


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