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consort bass after H. Jaye 1621
purfling ornament on consort bass

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Consort bass viol


after Henry Jaye, Southwark 1621

This is a proper big bass viol as it was used for the lowest voice in the English consort. The original is in a private collection in France. It only came to public notice recently and had been converted to a cello. The instrument has been restored using information about neck and string lengths from the Talbot Manuscript and referring to the 1619 Jaye bass viol. It now has a string length of ca. 81 cm and is all gut strung.

Body length 76 cm, string length ca. 81 cm.


more photos:

head on consort bass side view of head on consort bass rear view of head on consort bass side view of head on consort bass body of consort bass side view of body Consort bass, Colin Shipman Ornament on the front another Jaye head

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