after Johann Christian Hoffmann
string length: 690 mm.
Easy to play, without losing the possibility of shaping the sound as you wish to.
The original is in private hands. In 1991 the owner was kind enough to allow me to measure and study the instrument.
Baptised in Leipzig (1683) as son of the then already well-known and respected lute maker Martin Hoffmann, he followed in his father’s footsteps as an instrument maker. In 1712 he was appointed ‘Königlich polnischen und Kurfürstlich Sächsischen Hofinstrumentenmacher’ (Royal Polish and Electoral Saxon Court Instrument Maker.) In 1734 Johann Sebastian Bach, who was a good friend of his, handed over to him the maintenance of the instruments of both the Thomas and the Nicolai churches in Leipzig. Johann Christian Hoffmann died in 1750.
at this moment there is no 7-string bass viol after Johann Christian Hoffmann available for purchase