Viola da gamba Treble by William Turner

London, 1656

Catalog 75. Viola da gamba, treble, 2 – William Turner – London, 1656


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!



You can hear this instrument in the CDs Consort-music for Christmas and Consort-music for Passion & Easter


Mattew Locke

Body length 408 mm
Upper width
195 mm
Middle width 144 mm
Lower width 232 mm
Rib height 61 mm
String length 444 mm