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female head

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small 7-string bass viol


after Claude Pierray, Paris 1709

Here we have a copy of a very small 7-string bass viol. Pierray was making at the same time as Nicolas Bertrand in Paris, about twenty years later then Colichon. On this instrument the belly is carved, has double purfling and short soundholes that are placed very close to the edge. The head and pegbox are typical French.

Body length 63.9 cm, string length ca. 67.8 cm.


more photos:

front female head back from flamed birch detail of soundholes

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