Information supporting vielle or Viola da Braccio construction?
- Hi All,
I'm a violinmaker in Tennessee. I'm interested in building
something attractive in the bowed string line that early musicians
would find useful. There seem to be plenty of medieval fiddle
makers, but not so many vielle and lira da braccio builders. More
interesting to do something a bit different, but also hard to get
information as rapidly.
I saw a Kelischek vielle, a treble, once. It looked like a violin
without corners and without arching. I can't recall how the head
was set up. Anyway, this looked appealing and very easy (at least
compared to violins). The top and back overhung the sides allowing
use of a shoulder rest. Is this type of instrument at all desired?
I kind of liked the sound of it and it was a no brainer to play -
just like a violin. The treble wouldn't take very much space to
make up and we're mainly set up to make violins anyway. So the 330
mm scale GDAE instrument makes sense to me.
That said, I don't really know what's inside one of these and only
have the distant memory of that one to go on, other than a range of
somewhat odd images from the web.
The viola da braccio (or lira da braccio) seems more complex, but
perhaps more rewarding. I haven't found too much on them, but have
seen a bit on the web. I would need to get Sterling Jones book on
them. I think they have a carved top, which immediately adds $1000
in this shop. But perhaps more of a demand, a more interesting
thing to build? I don't know.
The rebec is also highly appealing. Would be more fun if the back
were flat. Easy to do.
Any information or suggestions most welcome. I've also built early
winds a bit, but not for a long time.
Steve Perry giannaviolins.com