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Viola d'amore

The viola d'amore is an instrument from the Baroque period, belonging to the family of chordophones. It is slightly longer and wider than traditional viola, but is held and played in the same way. It usually has five to seven melody strings and the same number of resonance strings. Often this instrument is enriched with inlays, sculptures, carvings and embellishments of various kinds.

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 Viola da Gamba
 -Bass with seven Choirs-

The viola da gamba is a bowed chordophone usually equipped with six or seven strings tuned in succession of fourths with a major third between the third and fourth string. The most common variant, starting from the Renaissance, is the six-stringed one. In the second half of the seventeenth century in France we see the addition of a seventh string. A special feature is also the mobile gut fretting.
This kind of instrument is often richly decorated with inlays, sculptures, carvings and many other ornaments.
This instrument in particular is a reconstruction of a Viola da Gamba from 1624.