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Technical description: A dilapidated instrument, preserved because of its fine engraved work on the back and sides. The soundboard is of spruce, bookmatched with medium width grain in the middle and wider grain at the edges. The soundboard is edged in a hardwood, probably rosewood. The soundhole is 71mm diameterThe back and sides are veneered in ebony and ivory. The back consists of three wide bands of ivory, interspersed with bands of ebony and thinner ivory bands. The heel, neck and head are of maple. The heel and neck join at a sharp angle, and there is a V-join between the neck and the head. The head is set for six single strings. The pegs are of boxwood. The top of the head and the fingerboard are of ebony. There are ivory frets. The neck is 322mm long. Repair History: There are traces of another bridge a little lower on the soundboard which would have given a string length of c692mm. The soundboard is possibly not original, and has certainly been greatly modified. The heel, neck and head all date from the 19th century.

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    Circa 1630
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    University of Edinburgh
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    Italy or Germany
  • Hornbostel-Sachs classification:321.322-5
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  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:321.322-5
  • Repository:University of Edinburgh
  • Measurements:943