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Instruments

Contrary to most violins and violas, there is a tremendous variety of violas d'amore. Here we showcase some examples with some notes on their peculiarities. The list below provides a quick summary of some of the salient features. Click on the "Link" to see images and further details of the particular instrument. If you would like to show your instrument(s) here, please contact the webmaster.

Stringing Arched/Flat Luthier Date Owner Link
7/7 arched Paul Hilaire 1950 private Link
7/0 flatback ? 18th Basel Museum Link
7/7 flatback Benedict Wagner 1723 Basel Museum Link
6/6 flatback Johann Benedict Wassern 1707 Basel Museum Link
6/6 flatback Christoph Entzensberger 1714 Basel Museum Link
7/6 flatback Thomas Knot 2000 private Link
7/7 flatback ? 18th private Link
7/7 flatback Eberle 1756 private Link
7/7 flatback Eberle 17xx private Link
7/7 flatback Hartmut Münzberg 1980 private Link
7/7 flatback Hill [?] 1730 private Link
7/7 flatback Ignatius Stadelmann 1777 private Link
7/7 flatback Joseph Rauch 1780 private Link
7/7 flatback Paul Aletsee 1717 private Link
7/7 flatback Ignatius Stadelmann 17xx private Link
7/7 flatback T. Baur 1901 private Link
7/7 flatback Jean Henocq 1763 private Link
6/0 flatback ? 1771 private Link
4/5 flatback Thomas Hulinsky 1785 private Link
7/7 flatbacks Ekkart Seidl 200x Seidl Link
7/7 flatback Wolfgang Anton 19xx private Link
7/7 flatback ? 1xxx private Link
7/7 flatbacks Walter Mahr 2xxx Mahr Link
7/7 flatback 20xx private Link
5/5 flatback 20xx Hrubý Link
7/7 flatback 2008 Hrubý Link
7/7 flatback ? 18/19th private Link
7/7 flatback Devin Hough 2009 privat Link
7/7 flatback 2009 Hrubý Link
7/7 flatback Edward Maday 2010 Maday Link
7/7 flatback 2010 Hrubý Link
7/7 flatback 2010 Hrubý Link
7/7 flatback 2011 Hrubý Link
7/7 flatback 2011 Hrubý Link
7/7 flatback 2011 Hrubý Link
7/7 flatback 2011 Hrubý Link
7/7 flatback 2011 Hrubý Link
7/7 flatback Martin Biller 2010 private Link
7/7 flatback Martin Biller 2010 private Link
7/7 flatback Martin Biller 2010 private Link
7/7 flatback Martin Biller 2011 private Link
7/7 arched Martin Biller 2011 private Link
7/7   Edward Maday 2013 private Link
7/7 flatback 2013 Hrubý Link

Bows

The bows used to play viola d'amore are significantly different from those use for modern violin and/or viola. They tend to be much lighter, have narrower hair, and many players use an old-style baroque or transition bow. The list below provides a quick summary of some of the salient features. Click on the "Link" to see images and further details of the particular bow. As with all bows for stringed instruments, personal preference is paramount.

Type Length/wood Bow Maker Date Owner Link
Baroque 72 cm snakewood Pieter Affourtit 2007 private Link
Baroque snakewood, black hair Pieter Affourtit 2007 private Link
Transition 72 cm pernambuco Brazilian modern private Link
Baroque ? Hans Reinus modern private Link

viola d'amore bows

A selection of bows. From top to bottom:
Old-style short baroque bow with black hair (Pieter Affourtit, 2007)
Baroque style regular length (72 cm) bow with white hair (Pieter Affourtit, 2007)
Long Baroque bow with white hair (Pieter Affourtit, 2007)
Transition pernambuco bow (Brazilian, n.d.)
Classical viola bow (Albert Fischer, n.d.)

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