Two-headed lute after Raphael Messt, Füssen 17th Century
A twelve course alto lute. Though probably very popular in the 17th Century, only two examples of this type of instrument have survived. This Messt instrument is quite small and would work well as a standard type of lute tuned in A, with a string length of around 50 cm (#28a).
String lengths: 49.9 / 54.2 / 58.7 / 63.7 / 70.4 cm
Body size: 26.3 x 35 x 12.8 cm, 23 ribs