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6-string bass viol

after Edward Lewis

It is based on an instrument by Edward Lewis which is now in the collection of the Musical Instrument Museum in Brussels.
The original has been converted into a 7-string viol possibly early in it's life.

I have tried to reconstruct the original state as a not too small 6-string viol suitable for solo and continuo playing. It works very well strung all gut.

body length is 69.6 cm, string length 70,8 cm

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