Welcome to the
Historical Bass Website!

I'm a performer and teacher, who specializes in the viola da gamba, violone and contrabasses of the renaissance, baroque and classical periods. People often ask me for information about music and where to buy instruments and supplies. Unfortunately, these things aren't always available from a local store. Yet the internet now makes it pretty fast and easy to order online.

At this website you can have a look at old treatises and images, get info about shopping for an instrument or bow, or see what books and articles have been written about large stringed instruments. I don't make money from this website - I just post stuff I think others might find interesting or useful.

UPDATES: When I first designed and uploaded this website 14 years ago, the internet was in its infancy and there were relatively few resources available online. But the situation is ever improving, and I endeavour to add new materials as I find them. My treatises page now boasts more than 120 documents, and the iconography pages now include more than 500 images... Enjoy!

Website design and maintainance by Joëlle Morton
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