Viola da Gamba
I'm curious why we don't see this amazing sounding instrument in modern orchestras? Especially for Bach sonata's? I'd imagine the 7 string bass viol would encroach on the ranges of cellists and double bassists alike but I'm sure a narrower range could be arranged for this instrument. The lows that come out of this viol have astounding resonance.
Probably not enough players. Also I think the modern instruments make more sound?
They sound very loud and tonal to me
They're very niche instruments which are expensive to produce and maintain (look at all the strings on that puppy). So definitely no young kids with strapped-for-money parents getting gamba lessons for their birthday!
Maybe they just seem loud because most videos have them in an open hall, large room or church
Lots of old instruments do not appear in the modern orchestra. the theorbo, for instance. In the context of historical performance, one does often find a gamba used in ensembles for 17th c. music:
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