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 Engelmann 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,  in order 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 and some of the elements, like maple fingerboards were originally common.

      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, 3 piece (or more) backs of alternating woods, of maple, walnut or cherry;  partially or fully 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.