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'Back of fifty-one shaded [yew] ribs. Pine belly carved with triple rose, one section possibly a replacement. The neck is later, with a short plain fingerboard (16.5 cm) and the main pegbox with twelve pegs, evidently, by nut grooves, for twelve single strings. The head has been crudely chopped down from an earlier longer head and is now set over to the bass side; the back is of ebony with inlaid ivory strings. The upper pegbox has twelve pegs for six double courses, and five iron semitone levers actuated by ivory brass thum buttons.' - Anthony Baines: Catalogue of Musical Instruments in the Victoria and Albert Museum - Part II: Non-keyboard instruments. (London, 1998), p. 34.

  • Date:
    1619 (made)
  • Maker:
    Buechenberg, Matteo
  • Collection:
    Victoria and Albert Museum
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  • Materials:planed and joined shaded yew ribs; pine soundboard, ebony veneered neck with ivory stringing; turned ivory thumb-buttons; iron levers.
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  • Inscriptions:Matheus Buechenberg / Roma 1619
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  • Repository:Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Measurements:Length: 125.5 cm total, Length: 65 cm length of belly, Width: 39 cm, Length: 84.5 cm maximum string length, Length: 65 cm minimum string length