1850 Gasparo di Bertolotti da SalÚ Viola

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Gasparo da Salo is the name used by Gasparo Bertolotti (1542-1609), who was born at Salo on Lake Garda, Brescia, Italy. A dedicated craftsman, he was formerly credited with having developed the violin in the shape we now know it. Although this claim is now disproved, his instruments are nevertheless admired and venerated. He is considered to be the founder of the Brescian school of violin makers.

His violas are considered finer than his violins and were probably more numerous. His viola da gambas were converted to violoncellos and are much esteemed; and some six-stringed bass viols have been remounted as three-and four-stringed double basses. About twenty noteworthy instruments are recorded.


The pictures shown here are on an original Gasparo da Salo Viola, not one made by the luthiers bench

Gasparo da Salo Viola


Specifications 1580 Gasparo da SalÚ Viola

Measurements (all in millimeters and taken with a calliper, i.e. straight, not over the arch)

Measurement

Back

Soundboard

Length (taken from side of button)

397

397

Upper Bouts

194

194

Middle Bouts (taken at narrowest point)

127

127

Lower Bouts

224

224

Arching Height

18

17

Stop Length

212

String Length

363

Neck Length

150

Neck Elevation At Bridge

31

Fingerboard Length

295




Available colors

(colors can also be mixed to create other colors)

Amber Brown Dark Brown Golden Brown
Golden yellow Red Brown Red yellow