treble viol

A medium sized treble viol, which I scaled up from the little Jaye treble which is in the museum in Leipzig. 

body length - 36 cm, string length - 37,5 cm.


I also offer the original size of this instrument, which gives me a string length of around 35 cm


And a big treble with a string length of about 40 cm 

tenor viol

based on Henry Jaye, Southwark ca. 1620


This viol is the same size as the John Rose tenor in the Cité de la Musique Museum in Paris, whereas the outline, the scroll and the sound holes are taken from a Jaye treble and enlarged. Usually I make this model with a decorated scroll and double purfling on front and back. Other decorations like a carved head, a rose and extra purfling ornaments are available on request. 


Body length 53,5 cm, string length ca. 57 cm.

6-string bass viol

after Edward Lewis, London 1687


It is based on an instrument by Edward Lewis which is now in the collection of the Musical Instrument Museum in Brussels. 

The original has been converted into a 7-string viol possibly early in it's life. 


I have tried to reconstruct the original state as a not too small 6-string viol suitable for solo and continuo playing. It works very well strung all gut. 


body length is 69.6 cm, string length 70,8 cm

Italien 6-string bass viol

after Paolo Maggini ~ 1600


This instrument for Jörg Meder has f-holes and a parchment rose. The scroll takes features from renaissance viols scroll as well as a cello scroll. The instrument has outside linings. 


string length ca. 72 cm, body length 72.7 cm

small 7-string bass viol

after Claude Pierray, Paris 1709 


Here we have a copy of a very small 7-string bass viol. Pierray was making at the same time as Nicolas Bertrand in Paris, about twenty years later then Colichon.

On this instrument the belly is carved, has double purfling and short soundholes that are placed very close to the edge. The head and pegbox are typical French. 


Body length 63.9 cm, string length ca. 67.8 cm. 

small 7-string bass viol

after Michel Colichon, Paris 1683


You will find the original of this instrument in the Cité de la Musique Museum in Paris. Apart from the tailpiece, bridge and pegs it is otherwise completely original. The body of this viol, as well as those of two other Colichon viols from 1687 and 1688, is made entirely from cedrela odorata (even the 5 piece bent front), a wood still used for making cigar boxes. 

This model I recommend as being very versatile. It sounds full and carries well. 


Body length 66.8 cm, string length ca. 70 cm.

medium sized 7-string bass viol

after Michel Colichon, Paris 1689


This instrument is based on the 1689 Colichon from the collection Grumbt in Witten. It is slightly smaller than the 1691 Colichon and bigger than the Paris Colichon from 1683. 

I find this instrument very elegant and a good size.


body length 69.5 cm, string length 70.8 cm 

big 7-string bass viol

after Michel Colichon, Paris 1691


The original of this big Colichon has a flamed walnut back, ribs from fruitwood and a painted ornament and purfling on the 5-piece bent front. It has no purfling on the back, as seems normal on French viols. The original 'pirate' head sits on a new neck and pegbox. 


Body length 70.8 cm, string length ca. 72 cm. 


5 or 6-string, after 'Maggini' 


The original of my instrument belongs to the Dolmetsch Collection. It has double purfling, f-holes and a very beautiful, single fluted scroll. 

With a string length of 98 cm it makes a good G violone, but with modern strings it can also be used in D tuning. 


Body length 97,5 cm, string length ca. 98 cm. 


after J. J. Stadlmann, Vienna 1750, Esterhazy’s Baryton


As the model for my instrument I use the baryton made by Johann Joseph Stadlmann in 1750 for Prince Esterhazy. The highly decorated original is on display in Budapest. The back, for instance, is made from three separate pieces joined in a wavy line. 

7 playing strings, 10 metal strings. 


Body length 60.5 cm, string length ca. 63,5 cm. 


'It is my great pleasure to play a baryton made by Henner Harders. This instrument speaks very light and brisk, has a noble sound and a good characteristic resonance. Perfection and accuracy of carvings - 'Real viols maker’s masterpiece' - this is not only my opinion, but also that of many musicians in Poland'. 


Kazimierz Gruszczyñski - founder and leader of The Polish Baryton Trio

renaissance viols

The renaissance viols I make are all based on the Francesco Linarol "tenor" in the Kunsthistorische Museum in Vienna.


I have scaled it up and down to arrive at string lengths of 50 cm for the tenor in a, 73 cm or 76 cm for the bass in D, and ca. 92 cm for the big bass in A. 


 The fronts are flat along the instrument and bend across two arched crossbars. No soundpost!


I have made three consorts of renaissance viols so far. the first one was comissioned by the viol consort Fretwork. the Akademie for Music in Bremen has 5 instruments and the most recent renaissance viols are at the Musikhochschule in Leipzig

Violworks - Henner Harders, Susanne Küster

Mansfelder Strasse 48 | D-16949 Putlitz / Mansfeld

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