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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Full album of photos here
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:email@example.com or phone 07803663904. Located in Oxford
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.firstname.lastname@example.org)
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): email@example.com
7 string bass viol. String length 685mm. body length 630 mm. 6897€. Ander Arroitajauregi firstname.lastname@example.org
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, late 16th century Italian style. Bent front.
René Slotboom 2013. String length 67cm.
Peter McCarthy email@example.com
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
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
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/
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.
I'm happy to bring it to the Elgar School of Music in Worcester if anyone would like to try it out
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
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 . 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, Mobile: 07812 470697
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 (email@example.com)
Instrument located in Merseyside (St Helens). If interested please contact Elizabeth Carlyon at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.email@example.com)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com tel. 01788 567613
Bass viol bow by Richard Wilson. The bow is snakewood and 83.5 cms. It’s currently located in Hull. Contact Maggie Bruce on firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
email@example.com or 07845 969089
Clip-in frog. firstname.lastname@example.org
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, 'French' style, 84cm, fluted snakewood, screw frog. Recently rehaired. £600 ono. Chris Lamb: email@example.com
Bass Viol bow by Julian Boby, octagonal, c.80g, £500 Jenny Worthington firstname.lastname@example.org
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 made from snakewood, EUR400. Located in the Netherlands. Contact email@example.com
Treble viol by Dietrich Kessler wanted. Please contact Viktor Töpelmann firstname.lastname@example.org
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.