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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: 32.5cm
  • Ribs, back and neck of maple or poplar; spruce soundboard with boxwood inlays
  • Walnut fingerboard and tailpiece
  • Base price: €750 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: 32.5cm
  • Ribs, back and neck of maple or poplar; spruce soundboard with decorative inlays
  • Walnut fingerboard and tailpiece
  • Base price: €850 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: 32.5cm
  • Ribs, back and neck of maple or poplar; spruce soundboard with boxwood inlays
  • Walnut fingerboard and tailpiece
  • Base price: €950 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 or poplar; spruce soundboard
  • Walnut fingerboard and tailpiece
  • Base price: €800 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 or poplar; spruce soundboard
  • Walnut fingerboard and tailpiece
  • Base price: €900 without tax*

viola da gamba soprano / soprano viol / treble viol

Treble viol / Viola da gamba soprano after an anonymous Italian master of the 16th century

An interesting example of shallow-ribbed viol from the Italian Renaissance

  • Overall length: 73cm
  • String length: 39cm
  • Ribs, back and neck of maple or poplar; spruce soundboard
  • Walnut fingerboard and tailpiece
  • Renaissance style scroll
  • Base price: €1550 without tax*

renaissance scroll

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

A custom-made shallow-ribbed Renaissance viol based on an existing treble

  • Overall length: 80cm
  • String length: 44cm
  • Ribs, back and neck of maple or poplar; spruce soundboard
  • Walnut fingerboard and tailpiece
  • Renaissance style scroll
  • tuned in A/la
  • Base price: €1640 without tax*

tenor viol after John Rose

Tenor viol after John Rose

A consort tenor with a surprisingly resonant bass

  • String length: 55cm
  • Ribs, back and neck of maple or poplar; spruce soundboard
  • Walnut fingerboard and tailpiece
  • Base price: €1900 without tax*

Viola-da-gamba-Linarolo

Bass viol / Viola da gamba bassa after Ventura Linarolo

Late Italian Renaissance viol in the Venetian tradition

  • Overall length: 118cm
  • String length: 67cm
  • Ribs, back and neck of maple; spruce soundboard
  • Renaissance style scroll
  • Base price: €1900 without tax*

division bass in poplar

English division bass with modest decoration

  • Overall length: 120cm
  • String length: 68cm
  • Ribs, back and neck of maple or poplar; spruce soundboard with purfling
  • Walnut fingerboard and tailpiece with purfling
  • Open scroll
  • Base price: €2250 without tax*

bass viol after Henry Jaye

Bass 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 or poplar; spruce soundboard with purfling
  • Walnut fingerboard and tailpiece with purfling
  • Standard scroll
  • Base price: €1900 without tax*

bass viol after Nicolas Bertrand

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

A mid-size bass viol based on a surviving instrument of the French Baroque.

  • Overall length: 130cm
  • String length: 68-69cm
  • Ribs, back and neck of maple or poplar; spruce soundboard with purfling
  • Walnut fingerboard and tailpiece with purfling
  • Standard scroll
  • Base price: €1900 without tax*

bass viol after M. Collichon

7-string bass viol after Michel Collichon

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

  • String length: 69-72cm
  • Ribs, back and neck of maple or poplar; spruce soundboard with purfling
  • Walnut fingerboard and tailpiece with purfling
  • Standard scroll
  • Base price: €2000 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: 72cm
  • Ribs, back and neck of maple or poplar; spruce soundboard with purfling
  • Walnut fingerboard and tailpiece with purfling
  • Renaissance scroll
  • Price: €2680 without tax*

*Note:EU residents are subject to applicable VAT / nonEU residents are subject to import duty