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Detail 

Size:

Tenor

Place Made:

Maker:

GB

London

Frederick

Hintz

Date:

1762

Label Text:

Fredr. Hintz. Fecit London 1762 [handwritten]; I. & I. Simpson. Musical Instrument-Maker. At the Bass Viol & Flute in Sweetings Alley opposite the East door of the Royal Exchange, London [printed]

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

DK

No. of Strings:

6

Collection:

Danish Music Museum/Claudius Samling

Sound Holes:

C

Catalog Number:

267/59

Head:

Scroll

Private Owner:

Previous Owner:

Measurements:

Body Length:

56.5

String Length:

58.5

Rib Depth:

11.5

Upper Width:

27.5

Middle Width:

18.5

Bottom Width:

32.5

Information Source:

Museum to TGM, 5/07 (and via M. Herzog, 3/02); Skjerne 1931, p. 214

Literature:

Herzog 2003, GB-20; Skjerne 1931, p. 214

Photographs:

Herzog 2003, GB-20 (F+S); Skjerne 1931, p. 217 (front); [unpublished, from museum via M. Herzog 3/02: FB+S, front 3/4, bass C-hole (color)]

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

2-piece table with C-holes very vertical and set high, well above lower corners. 4-piece back (perhaps 2 above and 2 below fold?). Semi-pointed corners. Neck, pegbox, and head all of one piece of wood; pegbox holes reveal past use as a cello. Tail gut. Museum to Herzog 3/02: “no purfling but two drawn lines on belly and back.” Skjerne calls it an alto (using German terminology?) and suggests tuning in either A or G; his dimensions 58.5, -/-/33, 11.5, -. Museum drawing reveals that Skjerne’s body length of 58.5 included neck heel; even 56.5 is taken on back rather than table. Similar to instruments in Edinburgh, Ann Arbor, and Oakton.