Instruments with extended necks, up to 14 courses.
The Theorbo illustrated has string lengths 82cm and 145cm for the diapasons. This theorbo, (or chittarone) is based on a back by Venere (Vienna C47. C.1610). The instrument is usually made with either a single or tripple rose. This example, inspired by a well known portrait of Lady Mary Sidney that hangs in Penshurst Place in Kent, is a variant with two offset roses. A similar arrangement is described as a 'Paduanische Theorba' by Praetorius C.1620. The instrument shown has a back made in Pau Rosa with Holly lines. Necks are veneered in Ebony with holly line decoration.