Just finished fixing the bridge on this really cool German Lute Guitar. The owner and I were discussing a complete overhaul including changing the bracing to sound more like a traditional lute. We decided against that since the instrument is still in such good shape. The bridge needed some cracks repaired though, so now it is back in operation.
I am showing my instruments at Marylhurst University on April 28th and 29th from 12-5 on both days. If you are in the Portland area, come by and say hi. There will be a lot of luthiers showing their work.
I recorded a sound sample of the 7 course lute pictured here. This lute has yew ribs, engelmann spruce belly and is strung with nylgut strings.
Here is the sound link: http://soundcloud.com/eric-shull/dowland-lute