~ Rental Program ~

~ Instruments for Rent ~

The Bay Area Lute Group has instruments for rent to local individuals who are interested in learning the lute. The instruments are owned by the Lute Society of America and are rented on a month-by-month basis. All instruments have a nice hard case and are set up to play.

The following instruments are currently in service (availability dependent upon current rentals):

  • 8-course renaissance lute
  • 7-course vihuela
  • 13-course baroque lute

In order to be eligible for renting an instrument, one must meet the following criteria:

  • Complete a rental agreement
  • Agree to provide instrument insurance (usually homeowners or rental apartment will cover)
  • Pay a monthly rental to The Lute Society of America
  • Agree to join the The Lute Society of America
  • Agree to take lessons from a local lute instructor (a list of several instructors will be provided)

The rental program provides a low-risk, less expensive way for beginners to test their toes in the water, so to speak, and to start them with guidance and support and especially proper technique and body mechanics.

For more information, please contact Michael Peterson at mbp11 at comcast dot net.


~ Donations Welcome ~

We are always on the lookout for other rental lutes: There is more of a demand for an 8 course renaissance rental and we have had to turn some away when the instruments were not available. If you have an instrument to donate, please contact Michael Peterson at mbp11 at comcast dot net and he will arrange the transfer. The instruments will either be safeguarded by him or one of the local instructors or luthiers until rented.