Vihuela de mano (in Spanish) or Viola da mano (in Italian). Based on surviving instruments and iconography. Available with flat peghead with pegs from behind (as shown) or pegbox. Available with or without soundboard inlays. 6 courses.
Scale length: 55cm
German/Alpine Spruce, European Walnut, European Sycamore, Goncalo Alves, Leopardwood, Boxwood. Other wood choices available.
Left: Engraving by Marcantonio Raimondi (Italy, 1510) showing example with pegbox. Right: A page from the book 'Libro de musica de vihuela de mano intitulado el maestro' by Luis Milan (Spain, 1536) showing example with flat peghead.
Front and back views from end of body of vihuela with back and sides of European Sycamore and European Cherry.
Alternative version based on Raimondi engraving above, with different body shape, rose design and pegbox.
Back view of the same alternative version.
Front view of vihuela with alternative soundboard inlays and fingerboard and bridge of Goncalo Alves.
Close-up view of rose and soundboard inlays.
A video and sound sample of this instrument being played. Playing by Pedro Vera.
A video and sound sample of this instrument being played. Playing by Christopher Stetson.