Instrument Original Maker Date String Length Price in $
Small Bass H. Jaye 1624 67 9,500
Bass H. Jaye c. 1620 69 9,500
Bass R. Meares 1660 69 9,500
Bass H. Jaye 1619 74 9,700
7 String Bass M. Collichon 1683 69-70 9,700
7 String Bass M. Collichon 1691 72-73 9,900
Lyra / Tenor J. Rose 1598 58 8,200
Tenor H. Jaye c. 1660 54 8,200
Treble J. Hoskins 1608 39 7,300
Treble H. Jaye 1620 37 7,300
Pardessus M. Collichon c.1680 33 7,300
My viols are close copies of original instruments, made from fine, well seasoned woods, with a 5 or 7 piece “bent front” of European or Engelman spruce; backs, ribs and neck of figured European maple; a traditional "open" scroll; double purfling on front and back; ebony veneered fingerboard and tailpiece; finished with an oil varnish and fitted with ebony pegs. The the 7 string Collichons are made with single purfling on the front and can be made with figured walnut and cherry, as were the originals.
I also do additional some decorative purfling work, derived from original designs but I like to keep the decorations on the body minimal, as I am concerned about it's effect on the acoustics of the instrument.
All the models I make are available in what I have come to call my "Essential" style instruments. The idea is to simplify or eliminate some decorative and non-essential elements, allowing me to make an instrument that plays and performs as well as my historical copies and still looks the part but sells for less. Some people may even prefer the understated look of these instruments.
Using fine, well seasoned woods for tops, backs, ribs and necks and careful construction methods, the differences from the historical copies are:
1. one single decorative purfling inlay on the front only (historical Collichon instruments already have this)
2. a solid figured maple or cherry fingerboard and tailpiece
3. a simplified, "original" scroll design
4. original or optional scalloped' "C" holes or flame sound holes
5. other options include 2 piece, or 3 piece backs of alternating woods, of maple walnut or cherry; partially bound fingerboards and tailpieces, unique finish colors...
Normally I supply custom fit cases from Kingham Case of England. A good case is necessary to protect the instrument from damage and is the easiest way to control its exposure to humidity changes. The case is provided at my cost and is in addition to the instrument price and varies with exchange rates. For those who need a flight case for air travel, there are other options for this. I cannot fully guarantee an instrument without a good quality, well fitting hard-shell case. Please contact me for further discussion about cases.
For orders, a deposit of 10% of the instrument price is requested to put you on the list and give you
an approximate completion time for your instrument. When I begin the instrument, another 20-30% may be requested. The remainder is due at the time of delivery. Current waiting time is about 6 months.
My instruments are covered by a lifetime warranty to the original owner.