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Wanted: Renaissance/Early viols or vihuelas de arco in a variety of sizesI am a student specializing in earlier repertoires. I am seeking one instrument in each of the following sizes: treble, alto or tenor, bass, great bass, also the bows to play them with. Target period/model could be anywhere from c. 1470-c.1620. I am willing to consider a variety of ways to get instruments - from commissioning a set, to buying the right individual used instruments in order to assemble a set. If you are a luthier with an interest in early instruments I would be happy to hear from you, likewise if you are a player with something you would sell. Click here for email address.
Wanted: G Violone to RentSeeking a G Violone to rent. I might want to buy it if I like the instrument, I will be at Conclave this summer. Click here for email address.
Wanted: Heavy-built 7-String Bass ViolExperimental violist seeking one of the pre-historical-construction-movement 7-string bass viols from the 70s, heavy enough to perhaps handle steel strings, and perhaps with endpin. Click here for email address.
Wanted: Professional Quality Bass ViolSeeking fine bass viol for young professional located in Ohio, 6- or 7-string. I will be at Conclave this summer and would be happy to try instruments then. Click here for email address.
For Sale : Viols
For Sale: 6-String Consort Bass by Francis Beaulieu (2010)Copy of a large bass viol after Henry Jaye (1621). String length 81 cm. This instrument is strung in all plain gut (also comes with a spare plain-gut G and D). It is the ideal bass instrument for consort music and 17th-century continuo lines. Comes with a custom-made case by Maurizio Riboni. Asking price is $10,500. Pictures upon request. Click here for email address.
For Sale: Renaissance bass violRenaissance 6-string Flatback Bass Viola da Gamba (with wooden case) by Michael Heale, Guilford, England, 1977, No.181. 2-piece spruce top with medium grain toward edges, 2-piece highly flamed quarter-cut maple with inlaid patterned purfling, matching slab cut highly flamed maple ribs, carved slightly flamed maple neck with inlaid purfling, pierced pegbox fitted with six rosewood pegs with ivory ball finales, rosewood fingerboard with ivory nut, transparent pale golden amber varnish. Upper bout 30.0cm, middle bout 21.7cm, lower bout 36.0cm, body length top 65.8cm, body length back 67.0cm, rib width 11.8cm, String Length 67.5cm. $3,500 or best offer. Click here for email address.
For Sale: Ogle Workshop bass violBass viol, Barak Norman model from Charlie Ogle Workshop, 2010. String length approx. 25 inches. Includes soft case in great condition, and bow (unknown maker) that needs to be rehaired. Asking $2200. Click here for email address.
For Sale: Kessler treble violBeautiful Kessler treble viol for sale with Kingham case. This is a professional quality instrument, used for several recordings, see:
Also used in many concerts. Has a bright, beautiful, sparkly sound. $9,500 More information and photos on request. Click here for email address.
For Sale: Gardini bass violViola da Gamba with endpin made by Italian maker Athos Gardini in Bologna, 1977. The instrument is in excellent condition, no cracks or other imperfections. Ebony tailpiece made by hand, body size 66cm. Click here for email address.
For Sale: Treble violTreble Viol. Built by Timothy Johnson, 2017. 37.5cm string length, smaller body. Golden reddish brown varnish. Plain boxwood pegs, nut, and tailpiece post. Fingerboard and tailpiece are ebony veneer over maple. Dolphin scroll. Decorated back. Four gut and two wound silver strings. Beautiful instrument with bright sound, easy to play. It has a more baroque, virtuosic sound. In perfectly new, gently played-in, condition with new custom Kingham hard case, Oasis humidifier, and extra strings. Pictures on eBay listing. Price $7,800. Will consider offers. Contact David Dauphiné. Click here for email address.
For Sale: Pringle bass viol, Lewis modelPringle 6-string bass viol, Lewis model, constructed 2018. Carved head and pegbox with boxwood pegs, double purfling on back and belly, purfled belly ornament, purfled geometric design on maple fingerboard and tailpiece. Includes bow by H.F. Grabenstein with the highly carved open frog and turned adjuster of prehistoric mammoth tusk. This is a legal and CITES exempt material, from a US based dealer who can provide further documentation as necessary. Also includes a custom made hardshell case by Kingham MTM & Co. and 2 sets of Pirastro strings. Price $12,000 USD. Photos upon request. Click here for email address.
For Sale: Li-Mi Treble violWendy Lu-Mi treble viol, after John Hoskins - $2700. Includes Renaissance bow from David Kerr violin shop of Portland OR, and a custom hard case. This viol was personally chosen by Joanna Blendulf from among many tested at the Lazar workshop several years ago. Contact Barry Hirsch, phone 503-407-2340, or click here for email address.
For Sale: Wanzer bass violBass viol made in 1973 by Norman Wanzer in Poughkeepsie, NY. I believe it was modeled after the John Rose viol (hence the rose carved into the tailpiece.) The pegbox and scroll are also decorated with carving. The viol is in very good condition. The vibrating string length is 25-5/8 inches. The instrument is located in Poughkeepsie, NY. Bow by unknown maker is included with viol. The bow needs rehairing. I can also include an unshaped, wooden case specifically made for this viol. The case is heavy, but would do for transporting viol. Asking price $1,500. Photos available upon request. Click here for email address.
For Sale: 2019 Lu Mi tenorLu Mi 2010 student tenor viol for sale. Instrument is in excellent/brand new condition because it has only been played a few times. Possesses wolf tone on A string. Strings and frets are pristine and newness shine is still on the instrument. Comes with a dark blue hard case. Instrument price plus shipping within the US is $3000. Picture are available. Seller has sale references and instrument can be certified by a luthier free of charge. Click here for email address.
For Sale: 7-string Bass by DombretLovely 7 String Bass Gamba, after Romain Cheron. Made in Belgium by Cedric Dombret. Highly figured maple back and sides, open decorated scroll. Lovely rich responsive sound. Comes with a new MTM hard case, custom made in the U.K. and a custom soft case by Colorado Case company, R16 rated for very cold weather. Also a Marais style snakewood bow. $8000.00 CDN dollars. Instrument is located in Toronto, Canada. Click here for email address.
For Sale: Ogle Tenor and Bass ViolsTri-part suite of Charlie Ogle tenor and bass viols for sale. These include a deluxe tenor, a Barak Norman bass, and a Richard Meares bass. Instrument are clean and are in excellent condition. Dates of manufacture are 2010, 2016, and 2017. All have new frets and strings. No scuff marks or abrasions. Selling them in order to upgrade. Bass viols come with black soft cases which are new. Tenor viol comes with light clean black hard case. Price of each instrument with case plus shipping within the continental US is $2000. Picture are available upon request as well as seller references. Click here for email address.
For Sale: Violone in D by HillViolone in D, $17,000. Keith Hill Op. #457 (2013). Large, very full-sounding violone. After Maggini, but not a strict copy of any particular instrument. String length of 108 cm. Equipped with Peghed tuners. Figurehead is a commanding lion. Bottom rests on a round knob, with insertable wooden pegs of three different lengths to accommodate varying heights. Strung in gut (Gamut). Comes with two bows and a custom Messina gig bag. Can be seen in Durham, North Carolina. I prefer not to ship. Pictures on request. Click here for email address.
For Sale: 7-string Bass by Shortridge, 1990This 7 string bass viola da gamba was made by Linda Shortridge in 1990. It has a vibrating string length of 68.7 centimeters and “is in an excellent state of preservation” according to Sarah Peck, who restrung and appraised the instrument in 3/18. The neck ends in a peg-box and open scroll with two volutes. The instrument comes with a bass viola da gamba bow made by Louis Begin c. 1989. It has a snakewood stick, snakewood frog and ivory button. It weighs 75 grams. Also included is a shaped hard case that is in fair condition. Asking $7500. The instrument is located in western Massachusetts. Click here for email address.
6-string D Violone by Gene IveyViolone built by violin maker Gene Ivey of Alabama, in 2001. Originally built as a double bass, converted to violone by John Pringle in North Carolina. Photos upon request. $6,500. Contact the Bass Violin Shop in Greensboro, NC, click here for email address.
For Sale: 7-string Bass Viol by Hathaway, 19777-string bass viol by Hathaway, England in 1977. Excellent condition. String length: 71cm. Deep and profound tone. Does not come with a case. Price: $8,800. Pictures are available. Local pick-up only in Queens, NY. For more information, click here for email address.
For Sale: Bass Viol by Jakob Meinertzen, 1710Bass viol by Jakob Meinertzen, 1710. Also available: Kolstein Uni-Air Cello Carrier – KU9000 travel case, heavy but sturdy for travel. Viol currently is in Europe. Photos available upon request. Price negotiable. Click here for email address.
For Sale: Treble Viol by PrenticeTreble viol by Ronald Prentice, London, 1972. Includes Robinwood hard case. Lion head scroll, beautiful golden finish, and lovely decorative purfling on back. Powerful, well-balanced tone. Asking $3500. Includes a "student" grade Chinese bow. A few pictures can be found here. Click here for email address.
For Sale: Festooned Bass Viol by Myall"Festooned” bass viol by Norman Myall of England. This is a painstaking copy of an original by J. Rose in the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford. You may see the original at p. 12 of “The Identities of the Viols in the Ashmolean Museum” by Michael Fleming, here. Myall has copied the rich detail of the ornamented original. The instrument is a 6-string consort bass with a striking sound, thanks to a consultation with Robert Boothby of Fretwork, who himself owned and played a copy. Price $10,000. click here for email address.
For Sale: Treble Viol by KraftCopy by Judith Kraft, the American maker in Paris, of a French 18th-century treble. The original viol was found hanging on a peg in France in the late 20th century in excellent condition except that worms had eaten at the pegbox. Rather than replace the pegbox, the French authorities decided to keep the instrument intact to make copies. Ms. Kraft was selected to make this, the first copy, which was formerly owned by Tina Chancey. Price $7,500. click here for email address.
Lu-Mi Treble ViolTreble Gamba, made by Wang-Zhi Ming with Lu-Mi Instruments in 2005. Nice instrument with no blemishes, but needs new strings and a bow. It comes with a Cushy case was purchased at the Early Music Store in London, UK. Asking $2000. Please contact me via email, click here for email address.
(Placed 18 Dec, 2017)
For Sale: 6 String Bass Viola da GambaDaniel Foster 6 string Bass Viola da Gamba modeled after Barak Norman and John Rose, made in 1995 in Blacksburg Virginia. In excellent condition. Comes with custom case and German bow by professional bow maker Walter Metal of Moehrendorf, Germany. Asking price for everything is $8,000 or Best Offer. Please contact Janine. Click here for email address.
(Placed 31 Jan, 2017)
For Sale: 7 String Bass Viol7-string Bass Viol made by Daniel Foster patterned after Barak Norman made in 2013 for $7500. Contact Daniel Foster. Click here for email address.
(Placed 18 Dec, 2016)
For Sale: 6 String Bass Viol6-string Bass Viol made by Daniel Foster patterned after Barak Norman made in 2002 for $6500. Contact Daniel Foster. Click here for email address.
(Placed 18 Dec, 2016)
For Sale : Bows
For Sale: Ashmead bass viol bowBass viol bow by Ralph Ashmead. Fluted stick and frog of dark snakewood with mammoth button. 72.5 grams; 29 5/8” length. Brand new white hair. $2100 obo, shipping and insurance included. Pics available on request. Click here for email address.
For Sale: Grabenstein tenor bowI am selling a lightly used H. F. Grabenstein consort model tenor bow. It has a Blackwood stick and boxwood frog with a screw mechanism. The specifications are as follows: weight 56 grams, stick length 72 cm, and hair length 59 cm. I’m asking $1600 USD or best offer. The bow is located in Montreal but I’m willing to discuss shipping options with interested parties anywhere in the world. Click here for email address.
For Sale: Monical bass bowPernambuco Bass Viola da Gamba Bow by William Monical, ca. 1975. Octagonal pernambuco stick, ebony frog, ebony button, weight is 62 grams. $1,200 or best offer. Click here for email address.
For Sale: Bass or violone snakewood bowUnstamped, Brazilian French-style snakewood Baroque bass or D-violone bow, ca. 2006, from United Strings International of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Octagonal snakewood stick, snakewood frog, snakewood button. Weight 131g. $2,000 or best offer. Click here for email address.
For Sale: Marais-style bass bow by Pierre PatignyLong, Marais style bass viol bow by Pierre Patigny, 79.6 - 80.5 g, comes with two screw adjusted frogs and buttons (original - from imitation and fossil documented ivory and custom made snake wood for easy travel made by David Hawthorne). Bow is in good condition, price negotiable, $2,300. Bow may be viewed in the Boston area. Photos on request. Click here for email address.
For Sale: Grabenstein bass bowH.F.Grabenstein black wood bass viol bow with screw adjusted frog made of snake wood, 72,5 g. hair track comes all the way around the frog, making it look like a clip-in style. Price is $1,600, negotiable. Bow may be viewed in the Boston area. Photos on request. Click here for email address.
For Sale: Bass Viol Bow by Ralph AshmeadBass Viol Bow by Ralph Ashmead. Fluted stick made of snakewood, ivory frog and screw. Weight is 84 grams. Asking price is $2,000. Currently located in New York City. Click here for email address.
For Sale: Two Bows1) Blackwood bow for treble or tenor viol, made by Christopher English. $1500.
2) Renaissance bow for tenor viol, made by Harry Grabenstein. $1500.
Contact John Mark Rozendaal. Click here for email address.
(Placed July 6, 2017)
For Sale : Other Instruments
For sale: Baroque instruments
- Amati-pattern baroque violin by David Rubio.
- Corelli model violin / viola d’amore bow by Michael Vann.
- Biber-style violin bow made by Philip Brown, with clip-in frog.
- Baroque viola bow, circa 1960, by Arthur Bultitude, with exquisite heart-carved frog.
- Baroque cello bow, believed made by Arthur Bultitude, stamped “Arnold Dolmetsch.”
For sale: Baroque celloBaroque cello; older instrument (no label) with gut strings, pegheds, used as baroque instrument although neck length is unaltered. Used professionally. $4,000.00. Martha Bishop. Click here for email address.
Variety of String InstrumentsA variety of string instruments available for sale. These include a Roosebeck lute, a Roosebeck vihuela, a four string box guitar made of African Sepele, a Arabic Oud manufactured by Arab Instruments, and a black PRS electric guitar. Instruments ship from Dayton, Ohio and are in the $300- $450 price range. All instruments are in excellent condition. Pictures upon request. Click here for email address.
For Sale: Zen-On Bass Recorder, model 5500BMint condition, very lightly used Zen-On bass recorder model 5500B with case and accessories. It is made of cherry and is a beautiful rosy color. Easily playable, even for beginners, this direct blow bass has thumb support on back and is made in three sections with two keys for C and C#. It has a lovely, clear tone. Asking $750. It's located in western Massachusetts. Click here for email address.
For Sale: Violoncello Da SpallaVioloncello Da Spalla is now available. This fine instrument, built under the tutelage of Dmitry Badiarov. The model played by Sergey Malov and Sigiswald Kuijken. Includes hardshell Kingham case and extra set of Aquilla gut strings. Photos and videos are available. For more information, click here for email address.
For Sale: Flemish harpsichordFor Sale: Flemish (Ruckers model) single-manual harpsichord, 2x8 with 52 note range. San Diego area. $7,000. Click here for email address.
For Sale: Alto Recorder1970s era Kung Alto Palisander Recorder with ivory fittings. Not played extensively, and is in beautiful condition. This is a gorgeous instrument with a lovely sound. No case due to being housed in a large padded case with other recorders. Has lived in case for 30 years. I realize ivory is NOT a selling point and only mention this as full disclosure and wish it did not have this due to the obvious morality issues regarding ivory. Will provide photos on request. $800. Please email me if you are interested. Click here for email address.
(Placed 12 Sept 2017)
For Sale: GuitarYamaha Classic CG150CA guitar. Played about 5 times, sounds and looks brand new and is gorgeous. Hard case included. The case was purchased with the guitar and the instrument has lived in it ever since. The exterior clasps of the case do not look brand new due to whatever the air does to deteriorate them, but the case is not damaged in any way and is clearly in pristine condition when you see inside it. Will provide photos on request. $190. Please email me if you are interested. Click here for email address.
(Placed 12 Sept 2017)
For Sale: HarpsichordZuckermann English bentside spinet harpsichord. Solid wood casework with slight damage to decorative moldings from transport. Spruce soundboard with no cracks; reverse keyboard with rosewood naturals, faux ivory sharps and carved arcades on key fronts. Instrument professionally inspected and regulated recently and is in excellent stable playing condition. Approximately 67" long and 25" deep. 54 notes GG/BB–d3, with short octave and split sharps in the bass for fully chromatic range. Strung in brass. Original stand not included, but previous owner fitted instrument with three detachable fluted legs. Includes toolkit with tuning hammer, spare jacks, plectra, strings and other spare parts. Pictures available upon request. $3,000 or best offer. Click here for email address.
(Placed 27 Apr 2017)
For Sale: Accessories and Music
For Sale: Bass Viol CaseUsed Kingham bass viol case fit for a large Bertrand model. Comes with detachable wheels. Currently located in New York City. Click here for email address.