Viola da gamba Treble by William Turner

London, 1650 c.a.

Catalog 76. Viola da gamba, treble, 3 – William Turner – London, um 1650


Since we are dealing with a luthier of the 17th C., then one should be very pleased to have four instruments by William Turner in the collection. The theoretician Thomas Mace, recommends (in 1676) that one should assemble a viola da gamba consort from instruments by the same maker, that are at least 100 years old. The age, he admonishes, improves the quality of the sound of string instruments. We have taken his advice seriously!


Before restauration


During restauration: Petr Vavrous and Jan Stejskal



Matthew Locke: Pavan for three viols and organ performed on two trebles and one bass viol by William Turner, ca. 1650


Body length 407 mm
Upper width
190 mm
Middle width 132 mm
Lower width 235 mm
Rib height mm
String length 400 mm