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Viola da Gamba Society of America

Online Database of Historical Viols
Detail 

Size:

Bass

Place Made:

Maker:

CZ

Date:

1710

Label Text:

M----- G------er / MDCCX

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

USA

No. of Strings:

6

Collection:

Private Collection

Sound Holes:

F

Catalog Number:

Head:

Female

Private Owner:

Yes

Previous Owner:

Dean Brown, New York (until late 1960s)

Measurements:

Body Length:

67.1

String Length:

66.4

Rib Depth:

12.9

Upper Width:

30.7

Middle Width:

22.0

Bottom Width:

40.0

Information Source:

TGM visit 7/94

Literature:

Photographs:

Bardo 1989, p. 18 (front 7/8); [by TGM: FB+S, head front]

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

Bardo 1989 (Holborne & Brade); Bardo 1987 (Jenkins)

Restored by G. Hellwig (for L. Bardo), c. 1970: new neck, fingerboard, and pegs. (Previous neck had been for 6 strings but too narrow.) Monical (via L. Bardo) says head is old, but younger than this instrument. Back and ribs of birch (but plain, not figured Scandanavian). Monical to TGM (9/16) suggests Bohemian c. 1700 (many Prague characteristics and materials) with later head and pegbox c. 1750; label perhaps that of Michael Galbrunner. Restored by G. Hellwig in early 1960s.