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(a) Six-string violone by Gio(vanni) Paolo Maggini, Brescia, early 17th century (Horniman Museum, London); (b) viol-shaped violone by Ventura Linarol, Padua, 1585 (Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna)

(a) Six-string violone by Gio(vanni) Paolo Maggini, Brescia, early 17th century (Horniman Museum, London); (b) viol-shaped violone by Ventura Linarol, Padua, 1585 (Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna)

Horniman Museum, London

Double-bass bows: (a) French or Bottesini bow; (b) German or Simandl bow (private collections)

Double-bass bows: (a) French or Bottesini bow; (b) German or Simandl bow (private collections)

Simandl bow grip as used on the double bass

Simandl bow grip as used on the double bass

English and French manners of playing the viol: (a) title-page from Simpson’s ‘The Division-Violist’ (London, 1659); (b) engraving by Nicolas Bonnart, 1664; note the bow grips, and the 7th string of the French instrument

English and French manners of playing the viol: (a) title-page from Simpson’s ‘The Division-Violist’ (London, 1659); (b) engraving by Nicolas Bonnart, 1664; note the bow grips, and the 7th string of the French instrument

Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris

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