Joh: Christian Hoffmann / König. Poln. und Churf. / Sächs. Hoff Instrument und / Lautenmacher in Leipzig. [handwritten]
No. of Strings:
Dr. Daniel Bach, Lausanne
Martius 2015, pp. 372-73; K. Martius to TGM, 1+4/07; M. Herzog to TGM, 6/98
Martius 2015, pp. 372-73
Martius 2015, pp. 372-73 (F+S, head side, underside of table, inside of back, label [color]); [unpublished, from K. Martius 4/07: FB+S, F body only with table removed, including label (color); from M. Herzog 6/98: FB+S]
Martius JCH 39: “Diskant-Viola da Gamba (Pardessus de Viole)”. Table with double purfling plus ebony edging and rosette. 1-piece back (with no purfling) and ribs of bird’s eye maple. Very wide soundpost plate, relatively small corner blocks; top block may be original, bottom block not. Mostly original, but a sawcut on the back of the neck reveals it has been shortened, perhaps to permit playing as pardessus rather than treble; now barely long enough for 7 frets. Pegbox back fluted, sides plain; fingerboard and tailpiece perhaps original (maple with hardwood veneer stained black); ebony hookbar. Very dark (but perhaps original?) varnish. Back widths 15.5/10.2/19.8. Has been wrongly dated 1719, due to misreading of the last 4 letters of “Leipzig,” the final word on the label. “Restauré 1997 / S[erge] Rinsoz / Vuarrens” [= north of Lausanne].