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Brother Amati baroque viola
Sunday, April 08 2012 00:00

I am starting to build a new viola. A copy of the instrument made by the Brother Amati (Antonio  & Girolamo) in 1620. Its one of the few surviving viola with that size. It has not been cut to reduce it in size like all the surviving violas from Andrea Amati. I am going to build it as a baroque instrument. With a neck almost in line with the body. Tailpiece and fingerboard made from flamed maple (with purfling). And obviously, gut strings and a handcut baroque style bridge. I will post picture of it as I am building it. In between here are some pictures of the original instrument posted by Bruce Carlson on Maestronet: