Viola da Gamba Society of America
Online Database of Historical Viols
1540 C ?
No. of Strings:
Museo Strumentale dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
[acquired in 1897]
Museum website (data sheet by R. Meucci); Meucci 2002, p. 27
Museum website (FB+S [color]; Meucci 2002, p. 27
Pio 2011, p. 109 (FB+S [color]); Meucci 2002, p. 27 (front)
Shoulders slope forward as well as downward; long back fold begins only slightly above upper body corners. Pegbox not original (inferior craftsmanship), grafted to neck, which has extensive worm damage and shows various signs of alteration but may itself not be original. Neck attached parallel to body, with wedge under possibly original fingerboard of stained boxwood showing 8 lateral “tracks” perhaps from frets. Back and ribs of same wood, probably maple; back heavily varnished, ribs and table have many cracks. Currently has tailgut (button not original); string length estimated from photo. Several labels, including Rugeri (Meucci, private conversation at Magnano, 5/00). Drawing available from Pierre Bohr (email@example.com), per VdG-Mitteilungen, 12/03.