13 Fox Street

Portland ME 04101

USA

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Portland, Maine

© 2019 by Toby Rzepka, Luthier

VIOLS

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Building

Building Approach

My approach to viol making adheres closely to the methods used during the 17th Century in England and France. Each instrument is unique, representing a specific time, place, and sound, and I vary my approach according to historical context. My viols are meticulously researched using technical drawings, literature, contemporary iconography, and physical examinations of the originals in museums and private collections.

Materials

From traditional hide glue to antique parchment to hand made oil varnishes, the materials I use aim to capture the spirit of the master luthiers of the late Renaissance. I source my spruce from the Swiss Alps and my maple from Germany, using only the choicest pieces for my work. My oil varnishes are made by hand using primarily linseed oil, spirit of turpentine, and oleoresins harvested from larch, fir and other European conifers.

In order maintain complete control over quality, style, and craftsmanship, every part of each instrument is made from the raw wood in my shop. Aside from the pegs, frets, and strings, I personally craft each piece, down to the bridge and sound post.

 

Models

My approach to viol making adheres closely to the methods used during the 17th Century in England and France. Each instrument is unique, representing a specific time, place, and sound, and I vary my approach according to historical context. My viols are meticulously researched using technical drawings, literature, contemporary iconography, and physical examinations of the originals in museums and private collections.

 

Prices & Ordering

A $500 deposit is required to place an order. Depending on the current waiting list, most instruments are completed within one calendar year from the order date. Please see below for a list of starting prices. In-state purchases are subject to Maine’s 5% sales tax. Shipping prices vary according to the instrument size and destination. Prices are in US dollars and include a fiberglass case.

Pardessus de viole

Treble viol

Tenor viol

Six String Bass Viol

Seven String Bass Viol

$8500

$8500

$10.500

$11.500

$12.500

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