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These are the instruments I currently make in my workshop. Interested in these, or a type of viol or fiddle you don’t see here? Contact me.
medieval fiddle / viella / vielle

Medieval fiddle / Viella medievale

This fiddle, based on a sculpture on the west portal of the Strasbourg cathedral, has been designed to be similar in size and identical in string length and tuning to the modern violin. It can be played easily tucked under the chin like the modern violin, or held either ‘da braccio’ or ‘da gamba’ as Medieval iconography also indicates.

  • Overall length: 62cm
  • String length: 33.5cm
  • Ribs, back and neck of maple; spruce soundboard with boxwood inlays
  • Walnut fingerboard and tailpiece
  • Price: €710 / $957 without tax*

decorated Medieval fiddle

Decorated Medieval fiddle

This fiddle has decorative inlays, and both the soundboard and back have a lip, instead of the flush sides seen on the fiddle above.

  • Overall length: 62cm
  • String length: 33.5cm
  • Ribs, back and neck of maple; spruce soundboard with decorative inlays
  • Walnut fingerboard and tailpiece
  • Price: €810 / $1066 without tax*

Medieval fiddle with carved back

Medieval fiddle with a carved back

This fiddle, like those above, has been designed to be similar in size and identical in string length and tuning to the modern violin. This one, however, has been designed with a carved back–creating greater volume within the instrument, and a more powerful sound.

  • Overall length: 62cm
  • String length: 33.5cm
  • Ribs, back and neck of maple; spruce soundboard with boxwood inlays
  • Walnut fingerboard and tailpiece
  • Price: €950 / $1280 without tax*

medieval fiddle - 5 strings

5-string Medieval Fiddle

A slightly larger and more flexible fiddle than those above. When tuned e-a-d-g-c you get the range and utility of both a violin and alto (viola) in one instrument.

  • Overall length: 63cm
  • String length: 37cm
  • Ribs, back and neck of maple; spruce soundboard with binding; walnut fingerboard and tailpiece
  • Price: €780 / $1026 without tax*

viola da braccio

Viola da braccio

Based on a painting by a contemporary of da Vinci, this viola da braccio has the same string length and tuning of a modern viola with an added e string on top for greater range.

  • Overall length: 65cm
  • String length: 37cm
  • Ribs, back and neck of maple; spruce soundboard with binding
  • walnut fingerboard and tailpiece
  • Price: €780 / $1026 without tax*

viola-da-braccio-Black

Viola da braccio

  • Overall length: 62cm
  • String length: 33.5cm
  • 4 strings
  • Carved back
  • Renaissance-style scroll
  • Maple ribs, neck, back, fingerboard and tailpiece; spruce soundboard
  • Price: €1100 / $1400 without tax*

suka-composite

Suka Biłgorajska (Polish fiddle)

Played by placing one’s fingernails against the strings as stops rather than pressing the strings onto the fingerboard, this bowed instrument appears to be a Polish variation of the lyra. This version is based off a detailed watercolor painting made by a Polish ethnographer who discovered the original instrument in the 1800s.

  • Overall length: 54cm
  • String length: 29cm
  • Poplar back and ribs; spruce soundboard
  • Price: €900 / $1200 without tax*

viola da gamba soprano / soprano viol / treble viol

Soprano (treble) viol / Viola da gamba soprano after an anonymous Italian master of the 16th century

  • Overall length: 73cm
  • String length: 39cm
  • Ribs, back and neck of maple; spruce soundboard
  • Renaissance style scroll
  • Price: €1550 / $2090 without tax*

renaissance scroll

Alto viol after an anonymous Italian master of the 16th century

  • Overall length: 80cm
  • String length: 44cm
  • Ribs, back and neck of maple; spruce soundboard
  • Renaissance style scroll
  • tuned in A/la
  • Price: €1523 / $2120 without tax*

Viola-da-gamba-Linarolo

Bass viol / Viola da gamba bassa after Ventura Linarolo

  • Overall length: 118cm
  • String length: 67cm
  • Ribs, back and neck of maple; spruce soundboard
  • Renaissance style scroll
  • Price: €1700 / $2220 without tax*

 

division bass in poplarEnglish division bass with modest decoration

  • Overall length: 120cm
  • String length: 68cm
  • Ribs, back and neck of poplar; spruce soundboard with purfling
  • Walnut fingerboard and tailpiece with purfling
  • Open scroll
  • Price: €2250 / $2850 without tax*

bass viol after Henry JayeBass viol / Viola da gamba bassa after Henry Jaye (student model)

This instrument dispenses with the heavy, baroque decoration of Jaye’s original, while maintaining the comfortable size and playability of the English division viol.

  • Overall length: 120cm
  • String length: 68cm
  • Ribs, back and neck of maple; spruce soundboard with purfling
  • Standard scroll
  • Price: €1800 / $2425 without tax*

bass viol - Nicholas Bertrand

Bass viol / Viola da gamba bassa after Nicholas Bertrand (student model)

A large bass viol based on a surviving instrument of the French Baroque.

  • Overall length: 130cm
  • String length: 68cm
  • Ribs, back and neck of maple; spruce soundboard with purfling; walnut fingerboad and tailpiece
  • Standard scroll
  • Price: €1800 / $2425 without tax*

bass viol after Gasparo da Salo

Bass viol / viola da gamba bassa after Gasparo da Salo

A large bass viol based on a surviving instrument of the Italian Renaissance.

  • Overall length: 135cm
  • String length: 71.5cm
  • Ribs, back and neck of maple; spruce soundboard with purfling
  • Standard scroll
  • Price: €2680 / $3612 without tax*

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