Tenor Viol by Dominic Shan-£500

This instrument was made in Brighton in the 1980s as part of a set of viols for a community music group, all of them being fitted with guitar tuners as opposed to the traiditional friction pegs.

It has a carved spruce top with plywood back and sides, maple neck, fingerboard and tailpiece.

It is fitted with a remarkable device that allows you to adjusts the neck angle with the turn of a screw in the heel. I have fitted a new set of gut strings to it and have tied a new set of nylon frets on it. It is playing very nicely.

The body shape would appear to be based on the types of viols made by Gasparo da Salo and Giovanni Maria in Brescia in the latter half of the 16th century.


Scale length 530mm, overall length 900mm


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