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 in dimensions and/or proportions, 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 a durable oil varnish and fitted with ebony pegs. The 7 string Collichons are made with single purfling on the front, as were the originals. Figured walnut and cherry wood are also used as alternative woods for backs, ribs, necks and pegs if desired.
In addition, I can arrange for carved figure heads and decorative relief work for the peghead by the extremely talented, Suse Kuster of Germany. I also can do additional decorative purfling work, derived from original designs but I keep the decorations on the body itself to a minimal, as I am concerned about it's effect on the acoustics of the instrument.
All models I make are available in what I have come to call my "Essential" style instruments. The idea is to simplify or eliminate some of the decorative, non-essential elements, saving time and labor and allowing me to offer an instrument that plays and performs as well as my historically accurate copies, yet still looks the part but for 20% 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 purflinginlay 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. optional scalloped' "C" holes or flame sound holes
5. other options include 3 piece backs of alternating woods, 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 physical damage and is the easiest way to control its environmental humidity. The case is provided at my cost andis 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 fittinghard-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% is 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.