Viola da Gamba Society of America
Online Database of Historical Viols
No. of Strings:
American Society of Ancient Instruments
Stad family, Philadelphia, PA
TGM visit 4/95
[By TGM: F+S, head FB+S]
Now set up as a baroque cello (ASAI calls it “the Italian 4-string viol”); arched back but sloping shoulders and unpointed corners; wooden endpin. Pegbox sides elaborately carved; graft to neck. Female head has profuse ringlet curls, eye pupils (now) hollow, narrow mouth. Slight width mismatch between neck heel and shoulder ribs.