This small viol shaped instrument dates from
around the turn of the 20th century and was made as a four-string
instrument. We can tell this because the peg-box still retains
its origional wooden "hat-pegs" fitted
to brass quarter plates. The instrument has a swell back and outside
linings and the red-brown spirit varnish is still completely origional.
If you take a look at the stats - the instrument is certainly
of chamber proportions.
If we were forced to categorize into a specific size then half-size
would be the most appropriate translation of these measurements.
Well - if you are looking for a smallish instrument that's much,
much more special than any commercially available instrument then
this could well be of interest. Just imagine giving your son or
daughter something that will inspire then to greater things in
their music making.
A very attractive smaller instrument nearing antique status and
in near origional condition. This smallish instrument is a delight
to play and is certain to appeal greatly to the Japanese or Korean
LOB (length of back) - 105.8cm (41.50in)
Width across upper bouts - 48.8cm (19.20in)
Width across middle bouts - 35.5cm (14.00in)
Width across lower bouts - 59.7cm (23.50in)
Depth of lower ribs inc both plates- 20.4cm (8.12in)
Body Stop - 59.0cm (23.25in)
String length - 101.2cm (39.85in)