We use gut manufactured by Northern Renaissance Instruments (tel: 0161-881-8134) for our frets and strings. We recommend gut that has been specially treated to resist the effects of perspiration.
We recommend and use viol cases made by
Kingham Case Co.
Telephone 01245 494740
Exact price depends on the customer's specification.
Information about the viol
There was (is) a great variation in size, even between instruments of the same type. The letters in brackets identify strings that may not be present on all models of the given size. The low AA string is found on seven-string, but not on six-string bass viols.
The common consort of the viol family is made up of treble, tenor and bass. The pardessus was primarily a solo instrument played by ladies of the French court. The alto performs a consort role similar to that of the now defunct second violin in the violin family, lying between the treble and tenor.
The violone, the double bass of the family, was used in orchestral situations to double the cello or bass viol line. It can be really effective in the great Purcell 6 and 7 part viol consorts.
The Division Viol was again a solo instrument specifically designed to be easier to play fast passage work by keeping the instrument smaller than the consort bass.
The larger six and later seven stringed consort basses were designed to produce rich bottom notes which is why the added seventh string was lower than the bottom string of the six stringed bass which preceded it.
The lyra viol was a unique species of viol designed to play unique material by composers like Tobias Hume. To read or print our full specification and price list click here