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Viola da gamba identification


Damian
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3 hours ago, Brad Dorsey said:

Is this unusual in not having tied frets?

It looks like it does have tied frets, but the way they’ve been done is unusual, though I have seen it before.  There’s a slot cut in the gluing surface of the fingerboard through which they pass.

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The problem with these instruments is that all the measurements and features are wrong compared to good historical examples. The neck ( and therefore string length) is too short, and also too thick and narrow, the bridge is much too high, and the construction is based on violin techniques with regards to linings, blocks etc. Usually the plates are thick and heavy as well compared to historical viols. They sometimes work ok but do not sound like viols!

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