Early-baroque/late renaissance style gamba made by famed early-music
revivalist Peter Harlan. Best known for his development of the
modern recorder, he also made gambas and lutes. His gambas are
extremely rare, but this one was made by him in a collaborative effort
with the founder of Bärenreiter (the sheet music people) to promote
the new interest in early music in the early part of the 20th century. I see no obvious breaks or cracks on the instrument. It
needs to have a couple frets replaced, but the strings are new and it seems to be
in a good condition.
This is a chance to own a real, vintage German instrument made by an
individual maker of significant fame and contribution. It sounds absolutely beautiful. We had
it strung with Pirastro unwound gut strings when it was being played
and it was just lovely, warm and focused. I haven't played it with the
wrapped strings it has now, but i would assume it would be similar,
with perhaps a stronger voice. Pictures available on request.
Instrument purchased from Germany about 6 years ago. I
have $1400 in the instrument. I will entertain offers from there on up.
I am located just north of
Baltimore near Towson. Please feel free to forward this to anyone you
think would be interested. It is a special instrument, and I would
love for it to have a good home.