Instruments

Using the menu (to the right), this page links you to people who make and sell instruments, bows, books, music, strings and general supplies for historically informed performance. Many businesses and individuals offer their products and services online - even for those new to historical performance, you'll be able to get an easy overview of the kinds of resources available for period performers.

For those looking to purchase instruments or bows, "originals" may be scarce and expensive. But quite a number of craftspeople replicate period instruments from the exact specifications of instruments preserved in museums. Don't dismiss their skilled handiwork - a strong argument can be made that replicated instruments may actually produce a more authentic sound than the originals. After all, the instruments played in Bach's time were new! Antiques, although possessing a resonance and beauty widely esteemed today, are unlikely to sound as they did when they first were built.

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