What IS this instrument?
The link is to a public picture on FB for a local chamber orchestra. What IS the instrument she is playing? It looks like a Da Gamba small enough to hold like a violin (I don't think they come THAT small), and it appears to have far more pegs than than the 6 or 7 strings I can count.
Very curious to know what this is, and if anyone here has played a similar instrument.
The first thing I would do with that monstrosity is put gear pegs in it.
Yes, probably a viola d'amore. Read this violinist.com article: https://www.violinist.com/blog/laurie/201510/17082/
Thank you, it looks huge! I will check out the article link for more information.
I think there are other YouTube videos where you can see it being played. It's rare but not exceedingly rare.
you don't need geared pegs for gut strings, they wouldn't work
Interesting, Lyndon. Why wouldn't they work? I got the idea originally from a picture on the Perfection Pegs website of a viola d'amore with gear pegs fitted.
I agree and disagree with you, Lyndon. You don't need gear pegs, but they do work.
The F# string is often tune to F natural, which complicates fingerings no end!
I thought the resonance strings are supposed to be gut, may not be a historical set up you're talking about, and why not use geared pegs on gut, because you'll be turning forever to make a very small difference in pitch.
I agree with Lyndon. The process of replacing gut strings on seven geared pegs could make you go quietly, or perhaps audibly, mad.
I do agree that changing strings is unpleasant with gear pegs. However Wittner provides a crank that makes it faster. Guitar players have been dealing with this forever, and that's how they solve it too.
The sympathetic strings are usually steel (or brass?), and a PITA to tune with pegs!
All d'amores I have seen have steel strings for the sympathetics. And the lowest 2 or 3 of them copper wound (depending of wether it is a six or seven string instrument). That may not be the way it was originally, but it seems to be the way it is now. Have a look at pictures on the web - I have yet to find one that has gut sympathetics.