Ernst Busch / in Nürnberg / 1643 [printed except date]
No. of Strings:
Sasse 1972, pp. 88-89
Heyde 1983, p. 90; Sasse 1972, p. 89
Sasse 1972, p. 88 (FB+S)
2-piece table and back, latter with narrow black strip down centerline. Diamond-pattern table ornament, half hidden by current fingerboard; double perimeter purfling. Soundholes have bottom eyes (only). Ribs are shallow, but corners unpointed and edges do not overhang. Neck angled back, not original. Martius & Schulze 1991: falsely attributed to Busch. Sasse 1972: Diskant-Viola da Gamba; Heyde 1983: setup as treble viol dates from late 19C or early 20C; instrument made in 1st half of 18th C as a S. German viola d’amore, later converted to a viola; label does not belong to it.