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, Linus Anderson
    £9000

    7 string Bass Viol by Linus Andersson. Un-antiqued, having an attractive yellow golden varnish applied throughout. The instrument was made by the contemporary Glasgow maker Linus Andersson: to find out more about this instrument, click here: https://www.wrightviolins.com/viola-da-gamba
    Contact Tim Wright tim@wrightviolins.com

  • 7 string, Francois Bodart, 1996
    EUR45000

    François Bodart (1996, Beez-sur-Meuse, Belgium)
    Professional seven-string bass viol (decorated copy) after J. Tielke, Hamburg, 1699.
    Mr. Bodart does not make decorated gambas anymore.
    Insurance replacement value indicated by the luthier – 45.000 € 21% T.V.A. included
    The gamba is located in Ghent (Belgium)
    Contact Sergei Istomin violoncelle.istomin@gmail.com

  • 7 string, Norman Myall
    £10000

    7-string bass viol by Norman Myall, in perfect playing condition, based on Colinchon, Paris, 1691.
    £10,000. String length 72cm; five-piece pine soundboard; walnut back and sides; sycamore neck and figure head; ebony pegs, nut, fingerboard veneer and hook bar; elaborate hold painted pear wood tailpiece.
    Case £500 (Kingham MTM)
    Bow £2500: period styled snakewood bow by Christopher English (Washington, USA)

    Collection or fee-bearing shipment insured by a specialist haulage company
    For further information and demonstrations please contact the owner's agent, James Hastings hastings550@gmail.com

  • 7 string, LuMi
    £3500 ono

    Lu-Mi Master 7-String Viol after Bertrand in excellent condition. Built in 2009. String length 69cm. Lu-Mi hard case and Lu-Mi snakewood bow included. Located in Suffolk, UK. £3500 ono. Contact Sarah Doig on sedoig@btinternet.com.

  • 7 string, Daniel Foster, 1982
    €10500

    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

  • 6-string bass viol, Jacob Meinertzen, Berlin 1710
    EUR85000

    Jacob Meinertzen, Berlin 1710. (6 strings) The ribs and the back are made of thuya. The head, neck and tailpiece were made by Francois Bodart (Belgium). The gamba is located in Ghent (Belgium) A certificate can be obtained, if necessary, from Benjamin Schroeder (Frankfurt) or from Tilman Muthesius (Potsdam). A similar instrument is in the Berlin museum of musical instruments. The instrument appraisal – 85.000 €
    article on one of Meinertzen's viols
    Contact Sergei Istomin violoncelle.istomin@gmail.com



  • Bass Viol, David Miles
    £4750

    bass viol David Miles £4750 particularly resonant & even tone throughout. Works well as a solo & consort & continuo instrument. String length 66.75 cm. Contact Helen France: hfayrefax@gmail.com



  • Bass Viol, Maurice Vincent, 1964
    £2150

    bass viol label "Maurice Vincent March 1964" £2150 warm resonant tone with good strength in the bass register. Has been a much loved consort and continuo viol. Contact Helen France: hfayrefax@gmail.com



  • Bass Viol, LuMi, 2004
    £2000 ono

    Lu-Mi bass viol made in 2004 with hard case on wheels but no bow. £2000 ono. Email janeharrismatthews@hotmail.co.uk. In St Albans, but can take to London

  • Bass Viol, Anthony Edge
    £3750

    Bass viol after John Rose 71cm string length comes with bow made by Roger Rose and hard case. Further information: amandjm.edge@gmail.com

  • 6 string bass viol, Kessler 1976
    £7500 ONO

    6 string bass viol by Dietrich Kessler, 1976, string length 68cm. Ideally 7,500 ONO, and this includes a hard case and bow, but open to negotiation. It has all gut strings and is excellent condition and has a beautiful warm sound. Collection from York, please contact Megan Stacey on mrstacey@hotmail.co.uk



  • 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



  • 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

  • Renaissance bass Viol, Anthony Edge, 1998
    £3500

    based on Gasparo da Salo, Renaissance bass viol circa 1590. String length 67cm. With hard case. Further information: amandjm.edge@gmail.com

  • Small bass Viol, Anthony Edge
    £1800

    Small bass after Barak Norman. 65cm string length. With bow by Roger Rose, and hard case. Further information: amandjm.edge@gmail.com

  • 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)

  • Violone, 6 string (16 foot in D), Balensiefer, 1991
    €8500

    6 string, 16 foot, D violone with carved lion’s 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
  • Tenor Viol, Anthony Edge
    £2500

    new instrument. String length 55cm.With case. Scaled down from John Rose bass. Further information: amandjm.edge@gmail.com

TREBLE VIOLS/PARDESSUS
  • Treble Viol, D Kessler 1989
    EUR6500

    A superb treble viol by Dietrich Kessler, London 1989 (No: 243)
    String length ca. 36 cm. Nimble but powerful even in the low register. Inlay decorated belly and back, pegbox with carved head of Charles I.
    Kingham MTM case
    To be heard on the following recordings by the Concordia Viol Consort: Lawes: Knock'd on the Head; Amorous In Music, William Cavendish In Antwerp
    Asking price 6500,- euros
    Veli-Markus Tapio, Helsinki, +358 40 5366580, vtapio@live.com

  • Vihuela de Arco, by Daniel Latorre-Diaz
    £950

    Vihuela de arco made by Daniel Latorre-Diaz. String length 360mm, body length 355mm, instrument length 640mm. Bow and case included. The instrument is located in Moscow, Russia. Price 1300€. Contact Felix essential.baroque@yandex.ru

  • 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 Dean’ 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
    £980

    Treble viol, professionally made up from an EMS kit by Stephen Robinson (maker of spinets) now set up by Merion Attwood with a new bridge, soundpost and frets. String length: 365mm. No bow or case. Located in Rugby stephen@robinsonspinets.co.uk tel. 01788 567613 Price now £980

OTHER
  • Bass viol bow, Christopher English
    £2,500

    Details of his bow and contacts are under the listing of 7 string bass viol by Norman Myall above

  • Tenor viol bow, Grabenstein
    USD 1,000

    This bow will be in London 19-28 August 2019. For details please contact Ron Erickson norskievn@gmail.com

  • 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)

  • 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, 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



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.