Early Citterns

The citterns were a family of wire-strung instruments popular throughout Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

The modern usage of the term ‘Cittern’ usually describes an instrument of the mandolin family with five or more courses of strings. The Early citterns are far more interesting, utilising large numbers of strings with double and sometimes triple courses, octave stringing, extended bass strings and some truly innovative fret patterns including various temperaments, diatonism and microtonal and multi-tonal frets.

Alex studied the early cittern family as part of his MA project and is able to produce custom citterns with any combination of original or modern features to suit any playing needs.


The Small English Cittern

 

 

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Ceterone

 

 

If you have any questions about availability, to discuss a possible cittern configuration or for any further information please contact us.