Léopold Audinot à Mirecourt 1830 [handwritten; very faded]
No. of Strings:
Jacques Simard, 1950- ; Marcel Vatelot, Paris
F. Beaulieu to TGM, 2/16; owner to TGM, 2/04
Simard 1956, pp. 30, 32 (front, neck+head side); [unpublished, from F. Beaulieu 2/16: FB+S body only, head B+SS, detail of bottom rib, label (color)]; [unpublished, from owner 2/04: front 7/8, head front 7/8 and back 3/4, detail of bottom rib (color)]
According to owner, heavily built, with a relatively short and narrow, cello-style neck; evidence of prior presence of sympathetic strings: “un instrument hybride, suggérant un mélange de nostalgie et d’expérimentation acoustique”. W. Monical (in letter to owner, 8/01): “probably designed as a Viola Bastarda”; to TGM (conversation 7/13): saddle for sympathetic strings is original. F. Beaulieu: head and pegbox probably servicewood (rarely used by 19th C); head carving very similar to Bertrand’s style; pegbox long enough for 7 strings, but drilled only for 6. Graft to neck, which is too short for 7th fret and quite narrow: string spacing at nut similar to a cello. 6 plugged holes in bottom rib for sympathetic strings, but no evidence of how attached at upper end (neck is not hollow).