viola da gamba's glory spans two and a half centuries and finishes without
an instrumental successor at the end of the 18th century. The harpsichord,
the recorder and the lute share this sad destiny, and are confronted
with the piano, the flute, and the guitar which remplace them. The viol
on the other hand never found a successor and this gap was sorely felt.
Of course there was the arpeggione in the 19th century which lasted
quite a while and for which Schubert wrote a superb sonata, but between
the prestigious career of the violin and its family which evolved between
the sonata and the symphony like a fish in the derives of romanticism
and that of the guitar which held a meek role at the end of this period,
there is a great lacking of a harmonic bowed instrument. The rediscovery
music" uses amplified sound almost exclusively, therefore minimizing
the questions of volume levels which have always been something to reckon
with : one doesn't put a trumpet and a lute together. The electric viol
arrives to take its righteous place in the universal instrument bank.
Small double bass which flies, bowed guitar, harmonic cello? It is all
of this and much more : an "old" instrument that is completely
Dufour’s electric viols are designed to be played « da gamba
» like a baroque viol.
The bridge, the angle of the neck, the tension of the strings are the same as those of an accoustic viol. So the sound is quite similar to it.
The Alouette model is designed to make its size as small as possible. The tailpiece and the pegbox are one piece. The placement of the tuners is perfectly ergonomic. thus the tuning is very easy.
The instrument has no head.
< The tailpiece – pegbox of the Alouette model.
the Goto tuners are precise and easy to handle.
To work at night : the headphones.
The high quality of the cellular microphon Olivier Pont makes for a sensitive instrument.
A small amp like the AER suits perfectly.
model folds up in the same way.
Gut or synthetic strings are available.
Folded size :
|It's possible to equip a "normal" viol with a micro and a jack to transform it into an électroaccoustic viol .|
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