Bernie Lehmann Strings:  Vielles, Rebecs, Lutes, Early Guitars, Bows

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Vielle & Rebec


The Vielle

The Vielle, or Medieval Fiddle is built with either a flat bridge for chordal (drone) style playing, or arched bridge for melodic playing.  It has 5 strings and a guitar-shaped flat body with 6 tied frets.  The Vielle is a predecessor of the Viola da Gamba, and of course, the modern violin. My model employs the string length of a modern violin and it can be tuned in fifths so learning to play the vielle is  greatly simplified. Historically, there were many tunings used in different periods and for different styles.

Base price: $950.

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Standard Model

Single Rosette


Maple body

Four Rosettes/Cedar Top

Optional "T" peg set

Shaped fingerboard end

Flat Bridge



Click HERE (Vielle) for a sound sample of the Lehmann vielle performed by Deborah Kollgaard.

The tenor vielle has a string length of 20" (51cm) and may be tuned G c e a d'. It has a full robust tone and is made with either a flat or an arched bridge. Geared "Peghed" tuners are available. The model shown is made of spruce and pearwood and has rosewood fingerboard and tailpiece. The chip carved rosette and castle bridge are an extra charge. Base price $1750.

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Here is an interesting article on the Vielle by Kevin James:
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The Rebec

The Rebec enjoyed an extraordinarily long period of popularity, eventually evolving into the concertmasters "Kit" in the  19th C. It is a 3 stringed Fiddle with a teardrop-shaped carved body and a flat top, modeled after the one in the Cantigas de Santa Maria.  The Rebec has a bright sound, and is a wonderful solo melody instrument.

3 strings, c'-g'-d'' or d'-a'-e''

Base Price: $900.

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Artist Model

Artist Model

Standard Model

Standard Model

Carved pegboxw/ 3-ball pegs

Spade headstock w/ standard pegs

Sport Rebec

geared "Pegheds" tuners



Artist bow - Pernambuco stick fluted 2/3 of the length; hand carved frog in rosewood or ebony; bone wedge for hair adjustment and bone end cap.


Standard Bow - octagonal stick with ebony or rosewood frog; ebony wedge for hair adjustment.

Bow Prices:
Brazilwood bow: $225.
Pernambuco bow: $300.
Artist bow, pernambuco: $550.


Lutes & Early Guitars



Three models of lutes are built on a custom ordered basis. The Medaeval lute is patterned after Arnault de Zwolle, The Renaissance lute is from Giovanni Hieber, and the Baroque model is designed after Michael Harton. Materials and details are all custom and I encourage you to call me to discuss your needs and wishes. Price list with options on request.


Arnault Model

Hieber Model

Harton Model

Student Model


Here are some of the rose patterns available:


Lute necks are often veneered in interesting patterns with stripes or panels of wood.

 The Arnault Model is a Medaeval style plectrum instrument strung in plain gut. It has five double courses of strings and employs a Gothic styled rose in pearwood and parchment. Prices start at $3950.

The Renaissance Model is patterned after Giovanni Hieber. It has nine ribs and can be built with 6. 7 or 8 courses. The string length is 59cm. It has a full round back and can be fit with an elevated chantarelle peg. Prices start at $5500.

The Baroque Model lute is patterned after Michelle Harton of 1599. It is constructed with 11 ribs forming a flattened or oval shaped back. It has a mensur of 64cm and can accomodate between 8 and 13 courses. Bass extensions and chantarelle riders are options. Prices for this instrument start at $8550.

The Student Model lute is built on the Hieber pattern and has a simplified rose, nice domestic maple back, and a fine Sitka spruce soundboard. I use a rosewood fingerboard and a black dyed neck. The price for this model is $3200.

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1830 Louis Panormo
1780 Renault & Chatelain
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Lehmann & Cole Louis Panormo Model, 1830. NEW $4100.
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This is a copy of the premier builder of guitars "in the Spanish style" in London in 1830. I had an original one in the shop a few years ago and made an accurate drawing before it went to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts for the "Dangerous Curves" exhibit. Ours is made of prime Brazilian rosewood veneers for the sides and back, just like many early guitars were constructed - both for strength and beauty. The top is a fine grained spruce finished with bees wax and polished to a luster. The neck is maple and ebonized mahogany like the original. The soundhole is surrounded with pearl and the bridge tails are inlaid. It has a fan braced top for superior overtone development, and has a carbon graphite reinforcement in the neck. The fingerboard is Brazilian rosewood and has EVO gold frets. A gig bag is included, and a wooden coffin style case is available at extra cost.



Panormo Models are available in Brazilian Rosewood and Curly Maple, and either in solid woods (upcharge for Braz. rosewood) or laminates of prime veneers. Necks can be natural or black.

Panormo made guitars with either "Spanish" fan braced tops or "French" ladder braced tops. Fan bracing generally yields greater overtone development and a richer tone. Ladder bracing lends clarity and a brighter tone. Both are very good, just different. Base price $4100. Wooden cases are available with this model for $400.

1780 Renault & Chatelain Model

The original of this model is in the Musee de la Musique in Paris. It is a fine example of transitional models from the 5 course Baroque guitar to the six single string modern guitar. It features an elongated body and a fingerboard that is flush with the top like earlier guitars, and metal frets, figure 8 peghead, and open sound hole like later guitars. The tone is full and sweet with excellent volume.

This model is available in Brazilian Rosewood and Curly Maple, and either in solid woods (upcharge for Braz. rosewood)or laminates of prime veneers. Necks can be natural or black. A 5-fan top bracing lends a rich and lush tone, while transverse bracing lends clarity and woodyness. Base price $4100. Wooden cases are available with this model for $400.




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Email, call or write me to order or discuss your needs.  You can't order from my web site--I like to discuss your order with you first.

Many people have told me how much they enjoy my bringing my 'store' of instruments to workshops so that they can try many different ones over the course of a few days.  This makes their decision-making process much easier. 

Obviously, when ordering by mail, I can't send you my whole 'store' of instruments to try, but I do try to come as close as is reasonably possible.  All instruments can be ordered on approval.  I am happy to send out two or more instruments for you to compare.  For instance, I could send out two or three rosewood altos, or rosewood, pearwood, grenadilla and  boxwood altos for you to sample.  Then you can play them (please, no more than 15 minutes per day, just as if you were starting the breaking-in process), let your friends try or listen to them, and let a teacher try them.  This gives you some feedback on your choice, and gives you more confidence in your decision. 

I want you to be satisfied with your instrument, and feel under no obligation to buy it if you don't like it.  A normal time for deciding is approximately one week.  I, of course, expect any returned instruments to be in like-new condition (see below).  Whether you decide to buy an instrument or not, all I ask is that you pay for shipping costs both ways.

Once you have decided on a purchase, I will bill you. 

Email, call or write me to order or discuss your needs.  You can't order from my web site--I like to discuss your order with you first.


I had an instrument returned that smelled of cigarette smoke.  The customer did not smoke, but a visitor did.  I haven't yet succeeded in removing the smell.  I can't sell a smoky instrument, so I do not want to send instruments on approval to households where people are allowed to smoke.  If a smoky-smelling (or mildew-smelling) instrument is returned to me, I will not accept it, and you will have bought it, since it is no longer in like-new condition.  In my experience, hardly any recorder players smoke, so this should be a rare occurrence.  So please, no smoke, mildew or lipstick, and brush your teeth before playing--all things you should do if the instrument were yours.  I hope you understand this policy.


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Mollenhauer instruments are warranted for two years from the date of purchase against defects in materials or workmanship.  Tuning and voicing is also covered for this same period.  Warranty repair is carried out at the von Huene Workshop.

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