10-Course Lute by Alec Hodsdon, 1948
Alec Hodsdon Maker
Description: A 10 course lute with unusually large and angled pegbox. The back is of 11 ribs of figured maple, with a 4-piece capping strip inset with decorative stringing. The neck and pegbox are maple, the pegs of a European hardwood, possibly walnut. The fingerboard is possibly of the same wood.
The unusual rose is formed from repeating the initials of the maker: AH.
In its current condition the instrument is entirely original, but unplayable, being in need of restoration work to the pegbox joint and several loose bars inside.
The instrument is very lightly built and appears to have a very good tone. Instruments by Hodsdon are very rare and historically important, given the rarity of lute makers at that time who worked on historical principles. The design appears to derive from instruments built earlier in the century by Arnold Dolmetsch (see photos below).
Price As-Is in original case: $AUD 3500.00
Estimate of restoration costs: $AUD 2500.00. This would put the instrument into fully playable condition.
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