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 & VIOLONES
  • 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
    Ä10500

    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
    Ä6897

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

  • Bass Viol by Blaszauer, 2009
    £1500

    In perfect condition, made in 2009 by Robert Blaszauer (Hungary). Bass viola da gamba strings, size of a tenor gamba. Bow included (leopard-wood, made in 2009 by Laszlo Lakatos (Hungary). It is worth £3500 - I am selling for £1500. The Gamba is in excellent condition. HAS NO DAMAGE OR SCRATCH AT ALL. The owner is my wife Music teacher with (Master degree). She was carefully handling this Gamba .
    admin@music-class.co.uk



  • Renaissance Bass Viol, Michael Plant (1992)
    £2000

    Interesting Renaissance Bass Viol by Micheal Plant, 1992, £2000
    String length: 64cm. Strung in gut. Glasgow, UK
    Contact: alex@veterummusica.com
    Photos available here: alexmccartney.co.uk/for-sale

  • Bass viol by Michael Plant (1983)
    £2000

    Bass viol made by Michael Plant in 1983, in good condition with bow, soft case, and lots of strings. £2000. Email joanharcourt@gmail.com

  • 6 string, Wolfgang Uebel, 1972
    now £2000 ONO

    A decorative bass viol with a pleasant sound and resonance. Clip-frog bow and soft case included.
    Collection only from Glasgow
    Two 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/

  • 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
    Ä10000

    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)

  • Violone, 6 string (16 foot in D), Balensiefer, 1991
    Ä8500

    6 string, 16 foot, D violone with carved lionís head, L. Balensiefer, Lohmar, 1991
    Overall length: 186 cm (excluding adjustable metal spike) ; Body length: 98 cm String length: 97 cm
    The instrument has a warm and resonant tone and has machine pegs for very easy tuning. Price of 8500 Euros includes a bow but no case. Contact: Peter Wendland, peter@peterwendland.co.uk / +44 7891071015 or Amanda Seaborn amanda@amandaseaborn.com +44 7969496629.

TENOR VIOLS
TREBLE VIOLS/PARDESSUS
  • Treble Viol, Melanie Spriggs, 1982
    £950

    Treble Viol by Melanie Spriggs (1982). Very nice looking and well made instrument with 6 strings and a 'West Deaní bridge, all in a hard case Full Length approx 66cm; Body Length approx 35cm x 20cm wide; Strings 41cm / 36cm to the bridge
    Located near Oxford, please come and collect it! Price £950. More photos from Steve Brown, longwitt[at]hotmail.com ( Please replace (at) with @ to email me)

  • 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
  • A R Bultitude bow (£750), and some other bows
    £ various

    We have a very nice Viol Bow by A R Bultitude which is hexagonal at the grip and transitions into delicate fluting along the stick to the tip. It weighs approx 50 grams and overall length is approx 70 cms. We also have some correspondence from Bultitude to accompany the bow. Price £750
    If you are looking for a viol bow we also have a Dolmetsch and a Prager and an un-named bow. Please contact us for details and prices.
    Located near Oxford, More photos from Steve Brown, longwitt[at]hotmail.com. (please replace (at) with @ to email me)

  • Bass viol bow by Gregor Campbell
    £600

    Bass viol bow by Gregor Campbell, £600
    Length:80.5cm. Minor repair to tip, otherwise in perfect condition.
    Pickup from Glasgow, UK preferable but Iím happy to post it too. P&P and any necessary insurance paid by the buyer.
    Contact: alex@veterummusica.com
    Photos available here: alexmccartney.co.uk/for-sale

  • Bass viol bow
    £100

    Dorfler(?) Bass viol bow, £100
    Excellent condition.
    Pickup from Glasgow, UK preferable but Iím happy to post it too. P&P and any necessary insurance paid by the buyer.
    Contact: alex@veterummusica.com
    Photos available here: alexmccartney.co.uk/for-sale

  • Tenor Viol bow
    £800 ono.

    Tenor viol bow by Anthony Baylis, fixed frog, quite light (might also suit someone looking for a heavier treble bow) - £800 ono.
    Contact emilyashton1000@gmail.com

  • 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
    Ä400

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

WANTED

Very small bass viol, string length no more than 60 cm. Contact: elisabeth.hedges@gmail.com or 07890 912513

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.