7 course Student Lute. definitely. unless you’re going for a baritone ukulele and intend to play classical… in that case, ukulele
I’d probably go for a baritone uke, yeah. The price range is a lot more comforting too. Sometimes I wish I lived in the UK just so I could get a hired lute.
What I REALLY want is a Chitarra Battente, but I haven’t found anyone outside of Italy that makes them.. and none of the Italian sites are giving away their price ranges.