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Viola da Gamba Society of America

Online Database of Historical Viols
Detail 

Size:

Bass

Place Made:

Maker:

GB

Oxford

William

Cross

Date:

16..

Label Text:

All sorts of Musical Instruments / Made, Mended, and Sold, by / William Cross, / At the Bass-Viol, and Flute, near Lincoln / College, Oxon ...

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

GB

No. of Strings:

6

Collection:

City University

Sound Holes:

C

Catalog Number:

Head:

Open scroll

Private Owner:

Previous Owner:

Measurements:

Body Length:

70.5

String Length:

Rib Depth:

12.6

Upper Width:

31.0

Middle Width:

22.4

Bottom Width:

36.4

Information Source:

M. Fleming visit 4/02

Literature:

Photographs:

[Unpublished, from M. Fleming: FB+S body only, head front 3/4 and side (color)]

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

3-piece table, 2-piece back, both with single purfling. Neck not original but pegbox and scroll are; ebony fingerboard old but not original; tailpiece missing (also one peg). Hole in hookbar and bottom block for an endpin. Condition “battered and bashed about, but basically all there”; some cracks on table and ribs. (Cross was a music seller in Oxford from 1711 to 1752; perhaps only a dealer and not the actual maker of this instrument.)