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Vielle, Rebec & Lute

Vielle & Rebec
The Vielle
The Vielle, or Medieval Fiddle is built with either a flat bridge for chordal (drone) style playing, or arched bridge for melodic playing.  It has 5 strings and a guitar-shaped flat body with 6 tied frets.  The Vielle is a predecessor of the Viola da Gamba, and of course, the modern violin. My model employs the string length of a modern violin and it can be tuned in fifths so learning to play the vielle is  greatly simplified. Historically, there were many tunings used in different periods and for different styles.
Base price: $950.
Call or e-mail for complete price and option list

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Standard Model ..................Single Rosette....................Maple body...............Four Rosettes; Cedar Top

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Memling with vielle ..................Optional "T" peg set........Shaped fingerboard end.....Flat Bridge
TKL case

Click HERE (Vielle) for a sound sample of the Lehmann vielle performed by Deborah Kollgaard.

The tenor vielle has a string length of 20" (51cm) and may be tuned G c e a d'. It has a full robust tone and is made with either a flat or an arched bridge. Geared "Peghed" tuners are available. The model shown is made of spruce and pearwood and has rosewood fingerboard and tailpiece. The chip carved rosette and castle bridge are an extra charge. Base price $1750.
Lehmann tenor vielle
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Here is an interesting article on the Vielle by Kevin James:
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The Rebec
The Rebec enjoyed an extraordinarilly long period of popularity, eventually evolving into the concertmasters "Kit" in the  19th C. It is a 3 stringed Fiddle with a teardrop-shaped carved body and a flat top.  The Rebec has a bright sound, and is a wonderful solo melody instrument.
Base Price: $900.
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Artist Model left & center......................Standard Model right


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Carved pegboxw/ 3-ball pegs .............Spade headstock w/ standard pegs
Below...geared "Pegheds" tuners - Violin / uke / lute



Artist bow - Pernambuco stick fluted 2/3 of the length; hand carved frog in rosewood or ebony; bone ...................wedge for hair adjustment and bone end cap.

Standard Bow - octagonal stick with ebony or rosewood frog; ebony wedge for hair adjustment.

Bow Prices:
Brazilwood bow: $225.
Pernambuco bow: $300.
Artist bow, pernambuco: $550.



Three models of lutes are built on a custom ordered basis. The Medaeval lute is patterned after Arnault de Zwolle, The Renaissance lute is from Giovanni Hieber, and the Baroque model is designed after Michael Harton. Materials and details are all custom and I encourage you to call me to discuss your needs and wishes. Price list with options on request.


Arnault Model.......Hieber Model..........Harton Model,,,,,,,,,,,Student Model ........

Arnault Hieber Harton Student

Here are some of the rose patterns available:

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Lute necks are often veneered in interesting patterns with stripes or panels of wood.


The Arnault Model is a Medaeval style plectrum instrument strung in plain gut. It has five double courses of strings and employs a Gothic styled rose in pearwood and parchment. Prices start at $3950.

The Renaissance Model is patterned after Giovanni Hieber. It has nine ribs and can be built with 6. 7 or 8 courses. The string length is 59cm. It has a full round back and can be fit with an elevated chantarelle peg. Prices start at $5500.

The Baroque Model lute is patterned after Michelle Harton of 1599. It is constructed with 11 ribs forming a flattened or oval shaped back. It has a mensur of 64cm and can accomodate between 8 and 13 courses. Bass extensions and chantarelle riders are options. Prices for this instrument start at $8550.

The Student Model lute is built on the Hieber pattern and has a simplified rose, nice domestic maple back, and a fine Sitka spruce soundboard. I use a rosewood fingerboard and a black dyed neck. The price for this model is $3200.

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