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Instruments

For double bass work, I use

a 3 string bass, labeled Leopold Widhalm (Nuremberg 1720) &

a 4 string processional bass, probably from the Iberian peninsula.  

 

Roger Dawson, sadly missed, made me a lovely copy of an instrument he had restored: a low bass viol in G by the Busch family of  Nuremberg (circa 1640) .

     

I  play a 7 string bass viol (after Bertrand) by Robert Foster, and a 6 string bass made by Norman Myall, after the the festooned viol in the Ashmolean museum. 

Lucky also to have a traditional Swedish nyckelharpa by Sören Åhker - though I'm very much an amateur nyckelharpa player!

I've used a diatonic 37 string Finnish kantele from the celebrated Koistinen workshop for some theatre shows.  Mind, not sure I make the grade as an amateur on kantele.

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This  is my Kantele, a national instrument in Finland.  It's a diatonic 37 string instrument,  but 3 of the Gs can be made G# by little levers.

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A. Copy of a viol by Bertrand      

B. Bass viol in G after Busch (c.1640)  

C. Leopold Widhalm 3 string bass  

D. A processional bass, possibly Spanish.

What's this?  it's a Nyckelharpa!  It's the national instrument of Sweden, 4 bowed strings tuned a bit like a viola & 12 'sympathetic' strings.  They usually have more keys than this but I cut them down a bit - too many high notes at the top for me.

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