viola da gamba making

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A good instrument has a beautiful sound, plays well and has a certain radiance. The client's wishes are preeminent. The time spent on the waiting list is used to reach agreement on the particular model, types of wood, and the theme of the decoration. Your wishes may be very clearly defined : I want a Jaye consort bass with a 76 cm sounding string-length. Or: I'm allergic to maple wood. Or more abstractly: the sound must remind me of the smell of hay. Or: I play in a group which plays Renaissance music and we're lacking something in the middle parts.


Gesina works directly from historical examples. Her detailed knowledge of original instruments in museums also enables her to develop new models.
She prefers to use European hardwood, such as walnut and fruitwoods as well as the classical flamed maple, in the tradition of the old masters.

The price includes a carved head and a simple inlay, and perhaps a small extra decoration like a rose or painted ornament. For this price you also have the choice between a comfortable modern tuning mechanism or authentic boxwood  tuning pegs. If you choose to have an inlaid fingerboard or some other more elaborate decoration there will be additional costs. There is no discount for the omission of the carved head or inlay.

Tielke with plenty extra comes with vaulted back and inlaid fingerboard and tailpiece and relief carving on the back. 

Don't hesitate to e-mail  with your questions. Gesina would be delighted to exchange ideas with you. For a down payment of € 500- one can reserve a place on the waiting list. The time involved may vary, so please ask for an indication.

viola da gamba (including carving etc) pricelist january 2017

Type price excl. VAT price incl. VAT
trecento viella € 6360,= € 7695,60
Lorenzo Costa tenor G or A € 6360,= € 7695,60
peanut treble viol € 6360,= € 7695,60
pardessus de viole € 7750,= € 9377,50
treble viol € 7750,= € 9377,50
viola d'amore € 8350,= € 10.103,50
tenor viol € 8350,= € 10.103,50
bass viol (6 or 7 strings) € 11.500,= € 13.915,=
Tielke with plenty extra € 16.000,= € 19.360,=
bass viol in GG, violone € 16.000,= € 19.360,=

Prices for carving without violmaking (carving by Gesina, viol made by a collegue, materials not included):
simple head   € 1367,92 excl vat  or  € 1450,= incl vat
head with pegbox reliefs  € 1367,92 excl vat + € 660,38 excl vat or € 1450 incl vat + € 700 incl vat
pegbox reliefs without head € 1320,75 excl vat or € 1400,= incl tva
rose € 707,55 excl vat or € 750,= incl tva



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