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.