violas over 16" body length have been based on an instrument made
by Gasparo da Salo and currently owned by Henry Myerscough. Early Brescian
violas seem to have been made in two distinct sizes, perhaps arising
from the need to double alto and tenor parts of church choral music.
Most of those surviving are large- or cut down from these more cumbersome
tenor instruments. I have experimented with a variety of body sizes
and rib depths to suit players needs and to achieve a perfect sound.
All instruments are oil-varnished.
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