after Antonio Brensius
String length: 580 mm.
This instrument produces a powerful and carrying sound, but its delicate timbre, so typical of a lirone, is preserved. The 19th century pegbox has been replaced by a model seen on a lira da braccio from 1580, which we considered more suitable.
The instrument, dated 1592, can be found in Leipzig University’s Museum of Musical Instruments, where I was given the opportunity to measure the lirone.
Not much is known about Brensius except that he worked in Bologna. He signed the instrument with Antonio Brensius Bonon (‘Bonon’ meaning Bologna).
at this moment there is no lirone after Antonio brensius available for purchase