This beautiful little instrument is a copy of one made by Stradivarius in 1710, now in the possession of Charles Beare. It is strung in four double courses, although a single chanterelle may be added. A variety of tunings is possible, similar to those of the mandolin, lute or guitar. The instrument may be fingered or played with a plectrum.
This is a re-necked copy of the one by Hans Frei in the Warwick museum, The bowl is typical of the early 16th century but the eight courses of strings are later. This instrument may be either strummed or fingered as an accompaniment to the voice.
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