Early Music Stringed Instruments
   

Ensemble Tromba Marina This is the 17th century version with a large long body that opens up at the base like a trumpet bell. One of the most unusual instruments of early Music, the Tromba Marina is a bowed monochord with a special bridge that has a vibrating foot which adds a special buzzing element to the tone. The bow is placed above the left hand, which plays upper harmonics allowing the use of the tones of the harmonic series like those of a natural horn or trumpet, possibly accounting for the name. The left hand often uses the side of the thumb to finger the harmonics. Two historical version are available. Both have the buzzing bridge adjustment peg in the peghead by the tuner for the main string, a convenient and period design feature. Both are hand made of solid woods, with a spruce top and rosewood fingerboard and fittings. String Vibrating Lengths 57" or 1350mm. EAR031   $1800.00  

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Processional Tromba Marina This is the 15th century version with a triangular cross-section body, open at the bottom. this version was often held upright and used in processionals, hence the name. One of the most unusual instruments of early Music, the Tromba Marina is a bowed monochord with a special bridge that has a vibrating foot which adds a special buzzing element to the tone. The bow is place above the left hand, which plays upper harmonics allowing the use of the tones of the harmonic series like those of a natural horn or trumpet, possibly accounting for the name. The left hand often uses the side of the thumb to finger the harmonics. Two historical version are available. Both have the buzzing bridge adjustment peg in the peghead by the tuner for the main string, a convenient and period design feature. Both are hand made of solid woods, with a spruce top and rosewood fingerboard and fittings. 45” total length 35" scale length Does not come with a case or bow String vibrating length 35 inches or 880 mm EAR032   $1000.00  

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Kit Fiddle and Bow Our Kit Fiddle is a modern version of the historic dance master fiddle or pochette. Finely detailed, handcrafted workmanship, with solid woods and a full violin scale length. Ideal for practicing, soloing, backpacking and traveling or low volume ensemble settings, the Kit Fiddle is lightweight and portable, with a sound much bigger than its actual size! Now comes with a basic "early instrument" bow. Overall length 21 inches.

Sound Sample EAR033   $300.00  

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Rebec Hand crafted by master luthier. Features: 1 piece. body / neck hand carved from select hardwoods, full modern violin scale length with perflon core nylon strings, and adjustable soundpost. Standard tuning: G D A.

Sound Sample EAR034   $650.00  

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Crwth Traditional Welsh bowed instrument, 2 coursed melody strings tuned in octaves, plus two additional drone / rhythm strings. Drone strings can be bowed or plucked with the left thumb. Select solid hardwood body, solid spruce top, rosewood pegs, fingerboard, and tail piece. Tuned Gg, Cc, and Dd. Case and bow not included. Know in Middle Ages England as Crowde or Crouthe - in Middle Ages Europe as Bowed Rotte.

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Sound Sample EAR035   $1000.00  

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Vielle Medieval Fiddle Offering select solid hardwood body, with solid spruce top, this Vielle really sings. Cleanly designed with performance in mind,the slightly smaller size gives very comfortable shoulder play position as well as traditional, early music down-pointed position. Includes rosewood pegs, fingerboard, and tail piece. Tuned D, G, D, G or like a standard violin, with a preset and precisely positioned sound post.

Sound Sample EAR036   $800.00  

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Gittern A 14th century small guitar-like instrument, the Gittern was popular with minstrels and amateur musicians. Features the traditional fretless fingerboard, with four coursed strings tuned in unisons of D, G, C and F. The gittern offers astounding tone for its small size, with select solid hardwoods body and solid spruce top,with rosewood pegs, fingerboard, and bridge. Played with a plectrum.

Sound Sample EAR037   $800.00  

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Medieval Citole Medieval Citole is among the instruments which all accomplished minstrels were expected to play, according to Guirault de Calanson in the "consiels aux Jongeur" (1210 AD). This "holly leaf" design Citole is based on the illuminations in the famous "Cantigas de Santa Maria". The body and neck are carved from a single piece of hardwood, in the traditional medieval building style, the hardwood fingerboard flush with the spruce top. A moveable bridge allows for fine tuning adjustments, and the 6 frets are tied. Four nylon strings may be tuned in 5ths (CGda, like the modern mandola), 4ths, or any number of open tunings. Dimensions: Overall length: 30 inches Width: 8 inches Body depth: 2 inches at its thickest point String length: 21 inches.

Sound Sample EAR038   $1000.00  

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Medieval Viol / Gigue Also called the Gigue, this is one of the earliest of European bowed instruments. Our model is based on 12th and 13th century sculptures such as those in Oakham castle and other similar European sites. It has 3 strings and a characteristic body shape, and is tuned GDG.

Sound Sample EAR039   $950.00  

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Early Instrument Bow This 16" bow is designed after a traditional nyckleharpa bow, but may be used for many of our Early Strings like the Rebec, Gigue, Talharpa and others. The tension can be easily adjusted over a large range of play singe or multiple strings. The copious hair lies flat like a modern cello bow but can be twisted for a more traditional set up. No more getting the Evil Eye at the Ren Faire for using a 19th century French style bow, get Lark's Early Strings Bow for that 13th century look and feel! EAR041   $150.00  

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Rebec, Rosewood Trim w/ Hard Case 3 gut strings, rosewood finerboard,bow and hard case. 24 inches long by 5 inches wide by 6 inches deep (including the bridge)- upper size of soprano. Bow is 27" long. The name Rebec is derived from the Arabian Rabob. Its origin dates to the 10th century Europe. It is played resting on the shoulder like a violin, across the chest, or tucked in the armpit. The soprano rebec is tunned, low to high, D A E above midddle C.

Sound Sample EAR042   $404.10  

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Baroque Guitar, Voboam, 5-course, Taylor, Blemished BLEMISHED: This 5-course guitar designed by Zachary Taylor is based on instruments made by Alexandre Voboam, a famous 17th century French Luthier. The body of this model is made out of rosewood with a lace wood strip down the middle of instrument's back. The neck, tuning pegs/levers, nut and bridge are also made out of rosewood, but the soundboard is made out of spruce wood. Two strings are wound nylon and the rest are rectified nylon. There is one sound hole with a decorative rosette that's a laser cut design of multiple layers of rosewood and lace wood. The recommended tuning for instrument is EBGDA, from high to low. It's similar to a normal 6-string guitar minus low E2. Its open note range is E4 to A2. Instrument comes with a hardwood case.

Body/Bowl: 17.875 inches in length, 10.5 inches in width and 4 inches height
Neck at Nut: 1.9 inches in width
Neck at Body Joint: 2.32 inches in width
Nut: 1.9 inches in width
Scale Length: 26 inches
Frets: 8 nylon and 4 rosewood
Frets: 8 nylon and 4 rosewood
What is BLEMISHED? These products are new and unused with superficial blemishes that may include, blisters in the finish, scratches, dents, stains, discoloration, rust or pitting on metals, imperfect glazes, non-structural repairs such as putty in nail holes, or other surface marks. product has moderate blemishes and/or minor repairs. The irregularity does not affect the playability or sound quality of the instrument. GBVLAZT-2S   $588.93  

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Talharpa Bowed instrument specific to the Nothern Baltic / Astonia region. Handcrafted, with hardwood body, solid spruce top, rosewood pegs. 4 nylon strings tuned eADD. Use standard violin bow or bowed psaltery bow. No case available.



Sound Sample PSA016   $500.00  

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Plucked Psaltery Based on a 19th century design, this psaltery can be played flat on a table or lap, cradled in the arm, or point down as seen in the "Cantigas di Santa Maria". It is also known in some literature as the Arpinetta, Harp-psaltery, or Bohemian Wing . While usually plucked, chords can be played by muting alternate strings with the fingertips then strumming, similar to an autoharp. 15 strings with a 2 octave diatonic range C to c". Total length 23", Width 8". String gauges, all loop end: C-D-E-F .032 wound, G-A-B-C .022 wound, C-D-E-F .017 plain, G-A-B-C .013 plain. PSA018   $200.00  

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Roosebeck 5-Course Baroque Guitar String The Roosebeck Baroque Guitar String Set is for a 5 course guitar, perfect for our Giorgio Sellas reproduction (GBSLAZT). The two extra strings are for optional reentrant tuning (marked with * on the string chart). The titanium strings have a translucent purple hue, and a polished, smooth feel similar to nylon, but they have a slightly brighter tone and increased projection.
  • Tuning and String Gauges
  • 1:E
  • .028
  • 0.71
  • Titanium
  • 2:E
  • .028
  • 0.71
  • Titanium
  • 3:B
  • .032
  • 0.81
  • Titanium
  • 4:B
  • .032
  • 0.81
  • Titanium
  • 5:G
  • .040
  • 1.02
  • Titanium
  • 6:G
  • .040
  • 1.02
  • Titanium

  • 7:D
  • .028
  • 0.71
  • Titanium
  • 8:D
  • .028w
  • 0.71
  • Silver
  • 8:D
  • .028
  • 0.71
  • Titanium*
  • 9:A
  • .032
  • 0.81
  • Titanium
  • 10:A
  • .034w
  • 0.86
  • Silver
  • 10:A
  • .032
  • 0.81
  • Titanium*
RBSBG5A   $17.01  

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Laouta, Turkish This quality instrument was hand built by master luthier Yapim. The Lavta was popular in the an early 20th century among Greek and Armenian players. The lavta has a body made of solid striped wood, a guitar-like neck with tied movable nylon frets, a ‘mustached' bridge and inlayed rosette. The pegbox is at a sharp angle to the neck, like the oud. The tuning pegs are violin style friction pegs. The Lavta is sometimes called a Laouta (ending in a ) but not a Laouto (ending in o ) which is a different instrument. The Lavta is more of a melody instrument which has a much lower tension on it than a true Laouto. It is played, Like and oud, with a long thin plectrum. These instruments can also be tuned as an octave mandolin with the right strings. The perfect instrument for Renaissance Faires.

Approximately 32 (812.8 mm) inches overall length. Nut to bridge is 25.125 inches (638.18 mm). It is 13. 5 inches wide by 6.5 inches deep (342.9 x 165.1 mm). There are 7 strings, in courses of 2; 4 are nylon and 3 are silver wound. Comes set up for CGDA tuning. Zippered case included.

This model are New and Unused with Superficial blemishes that may include, blisters in the finish, scratches, dents, stains, discoloration, rust or pitting on metals, imperfect glazes, non-structural repairs such as putty in nail holes, or other surface marks. The irregularity does not affect the playability or sound quality of the instrument. These are a very good value.

SPECIAL NOTE; No Warranty on Strings STR013B   $431.10  


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Medieval Citole String Set Extra / Replacement string set for Medieval Citole ear038 EAR038S   $14.00  

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