Viols for Sale & Wanted

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Please note that the Society has not tested the instruments listed here, and it is the buyer's responsibility to ensure that they gather as much information and advice before committing to buying an instrument.

BASS VIOLS
  • 7 string, (West Dean) after N Bertrand
    £5000 ono

    A seven string bass after Bertrand (1687) - it's a West Dean instrument made by Denis de Fauconval in 2000 - under the supervision of Roger Rose. The string length is 68 cms - and it has amazingly powerful sound for a viol of its size. It has a carved head. It’s had very little playing (I’m a wind player) but 'real' viol players who've tried it think highly of it. It’s in a Kingham MTM case - which is in good condition - it has a few scuffs but nothing worse.
    The viol is currently in Hull, Yorkshire (two and a half hours by train from Kings Cross - I'd be happy to collect and return anyone from and to the station at this end.). I'm asking £5,000 ono for the viol.
    Contact Maggie Bruce mbruce@globalnet.co.uk
    Full album of photos here


  • 7 string, LuMi after Bertrand
    £2000

    Lu Mi Student 7 String Bass Viol after Bertrand. Ideal beginner/ consort instrument. with a soft case. £2,000 ono In excellent condition and plays beautifully. Email:dochim@gmail.com or phone 07803663904. Located in Oxford

  • 7 string, Anthony Edge, 2002
    new price £4500

    7 string bass viol, 2002 Anthony Edge after Nicholas Bertrand (1714), string length 70cm, carved spruce front, traditional French style maple back (no purfling), rosewood pegs with white 'pips', Ebony fingerboard with holly lining. £4500. De luxe velvet lined case available (MTM) £500 Instrument located in Edinburgh, Vickie Hobson (Victoria.hobson@btinternet.com)

  • 7 string, Daniel Foster, 1982
    €105000

    7-string bass viol. Patterned on viol by Claude Pierray, made by Daniel Foster in 1982. In like new condition. String length 710mm. Rosewood fingerboard, tailpiece and pegs. Golden yellow varnish. Back, ribs and neck of even-grained, moderately flamed maple. Top is even narrow grain. Lovely sound. Bow included. Fiberglass case. $10,500. Zoe and Alex Galaitsis (USA): galaitsis@gmail.com

  • 7 string, Ander Arroitajauregi
    €6897

    7 string bass viol. String length 685mm. body length 630 mm. 6897€. Ander Arroitajauregi anderviols@gmail.com

  • Small 6-string, Dominique Freguin, 2009
    £6750

    Small 6-string bass, by Dominique Fréguin, Strasburg, 2009. Copy of Henry Smith (1629). Carved front, 66cm string length. Excellent for playing at high pitch, or for lyra/division playing - the bass register is surprisingly strong for its size. Would also be a nice all-round viol for a player with small hands.
    Currently all gut strung and comes with a padded soft case. Asking price £6,750.
    The viol is in Basel but can easily be brought to London for trial, or elsewhere in the UK by arrangement.
    Please contact Caroline Ritchie carolineritchiegamba(at)gmail.com

  • Small bass viol, R Slotboom, 2013
    £2750

    Small bass viol, late 16th century Italian style. Bent front. René Slotboom 2013. String length 67cm.
    Peter McCarthy peter.mccarthy@zen.co.uk

  • 6 string, Michael Plant, 1986
    £2000 ONO

    Six string bass viol after Richard Meares 1660, by Michael Plant 1986. Gut strung string length 70cm. New bridge fitted by Norman Myall 2011. In Kingham hard case.
    Contact: Duncan Bell in Worcester Email: DuncanBell4000 [at] gmail.com

  • 6 string, Michael Plant, 1989
    £2000 ONO

    A very nice Bass Viol for sale here, bridge and nut recently worked on by Tim Soar and a completely new set of Gamut strings put on a couple months ago. In great condition. Very nice bass register, I am selling to fund another instrument. Comes with Hard case - £2000 ONO. Available for trials in London.
    Jacob Garside J.Garside@hotmail.co.uk 07542128646

  • 6 string, Wolfgang Uebel, 1972
    £2200

    A decorative bass viol with a pleasant sound and resonance. Clip-frog bow and soft case included.
    Collection only from Glasgow
    Tow small marks - one minor scrape on the top right of the front and some discolouration on the left indent. Lots of photos and a recording on my website: http://alemaccartney.co.uk/for-sale/

  • 6 string, Michael Plant, 1986
    £2000 ONO

    Baroque bass viol, after Richard Meares, c 1660. New bridge fitted by Norman Myall 2011. Gut strung, string length 70cm. No wolf notes occur at either 440 o 415 pitch. In Kingham hard case.
    contact duncanbell4000@gmail.com
    I'm happy to bring it to the Elgar School of Music in Worcester if anyone would like to try it out

  • 6 string, Brown, 1960s
    £200

    For sale, one small bass viol, assembled by my late wife about 50 years ago. It has a bow and is in a canvas bag. Please get in touch with Tim Brown, 33 Windsor Road, Cambridge CB4 3JJ; 01223 564260 or 07766 068590. Price £200

  • Consort bass, N Myall
    £7,500

    Festoon-shaped consort bass after John Rose [c.1600] by Norman Myall. String length 74cm, all gut, in excellent condition. Back and ribs of exquisite birdseye maple with burr-maple inlaid fingerboard and tailpiece, and purfling on the flame-holes. Carved head based on the RCM Jaye consort bass [1617]. This viol has superb projection and works equally well both as a consort instrument and early baroque continuo bass.
    Comes with a soft case. £7,500
    Please contact Michael on m.mullen61@ntlworld.com, Mobile: 07812 470697

  • Large consort bass, Anonymous 19th C
    €10000

    Large consort bass (6 strings) made in the 19th century in Bohemia(?) after Nicolas Bertrand. It has a nice carved man's head, ebony fingerboard and tailpiece. Marvellous deep and warm sound when tuned in A. String length 725 mm, body length 775 mm, instrument length 1370 mm. It was restored by Claire Ryder (Paris) in 2006. A soft bag comes with (BAM). The instrument is located in Paris. Please contact me if you would like more photos. It's of course possible to try it out. £10,000. Emmanuelle Guigues (em.guigues@gmail.com)

TENOR VIOLS
  • Lu Mi, 2003-5
    £2500 ONO

    Instrument located in Merseyside (St Helens). If interested please contact Elizabeth Carlyon at emcarlyon@googlemail.com

  • by Marie-Catherine Massé, 2013
    £4500

    Tenor viol, 53cm string length. Two piece maple back and two piece front. Maple neck with an open scroll. The sound is homogenous, deep and warm. £4500 instrument available to try near London. Contact masse_mc@yahoo.fr

  • by Mark Ellis, 1987
    £3000

    Tenor Viol made in 1987 by Mark Ellis, string length 49cm, carved Swiss pine front doubly purfled, ebony pegs with white 'pips', ebony fingerboard and tailpiece, carved female head £3000. Case available (Savage and Hoy fibreglass) £500 Instrument located in Edinburgh, Vickie Hobson (Victoria.hobson@btinternet.com)

TREBLE VIOLS/PARDESSUS
  • Pardessus, D Kessler, 1968
    £4250

    5-string pardessus by Dietrich Kessler
    Superb sound, in excellent condition, case included. £4250. Including a letter from Mr. Kessler to the first owner
    Located in Antwerp, Belgium. Pieter van de Veire pvdveire@gmail.com

  • Stephen Robinson treble
    Now reduced to £900

    Treble viol, professionally made up from an EMS kit by Stephen Robinson (maker of spinets). String length: 365mm. No bow or case. Located in Rugby stephen@robinsonspinets.co.uk tel. 01788 567613

OTHER
  • Bass Viol bow by Richard Wilson
    £600

    Bass viol bow by Richard Wilson. The bow is snakewood and 83.5 cms. It’s currently located in Hull. Contact Maggie Bruce on mbruce@globalnet.co.uk

  • 8 course lute with case
    £450

    8 course lute (with case) made by the Early Music Shop. Very good condition (no sign of use). Deemed by two lutenists to have a good sound and be eminently playable. £450.
    maurice.rogers@hotmail.com or 07845 969089

  • 75cm long Bass viol bow
    £60

    Clip-in frog. duncanbell4000@gmail.com
    I'm happy to bring them to the Elgar School of Music in Worcester if anyone would ike to examine them.

  • Bass viol bow, Merion Attwood
    £600

    Bass Viol Bow Merion Attwood, 'French' style, 84cm, fluted snakewood, screw frog. Recently rehaired. £600 ono. Chris Lamb: chris@chris-lamb.co.uk

  • Bass viol bow, Julian Boby
    £500

    Bass Viol bow by Julian Boby, octagonal, c.80g, £500 Jenny Worthington tomandjenny@talktalk.net

  • Bass viol bow, Dolmetsch
    £1200

    Bass Viol bow Dolmetsch, Pernambuco, ivory nut and frog, screw mechanism, hair length 61cm, bow length 73 cm, 71gms, newly re-haired with best quality Mongolian horse hair (White) Excellent condition, as new Price £1,200 Contact Prof Dona Lee Croft 0208 992 2092 (West London, Ealing)

  • Bass viol bow
    €400

    Bass viol bow made from snakewood, EUR400. Located in the Netherlands. Contact kristadenis@hotmail.com

WANTED

Treble viol by Dietrich Kessler wanted. Please contact Viktor Töpelmann viktor.t@gmail.com

Some advice for buyers and sellers:

Two sites also have second-hand viols for sale, the Early Music Shop and Alison Crum's website: www.alisoncrum.co.uk

Be careful when buying viols on the internet. It is worth getting some advice first, especially when thinking about buying a viol on ebay from China, as they can vary in quality.

The one source of Chinese viols that has been proven to be decent-quality instruments is LuMi and in the UK you can get them through the Early Music Shop (near Bradford and or in London).

You should also have a look at our makers' page (Resources in Menu above) if you are thinking of getting a professionally-made instrument.

Sellers beware! Make sure you trust enquirers sufficiently before letting them have an instrument to try, and be careful about the actual transaction of money. There have been a few seemingly untrustworthy attempts of contacting sellers on this page.

The choice of a bow can be a very personal thing. Every player has a different technique and physique, and has varying levels of skill and patience to adapt to a bow that is perhaps not quite right. You may get a bow that is absolutely fine for a few years and then your playing or preferences change and you might look for another one. It is a good idea to try a bow with the instrument, as they need to be compatible, too.