Trinity vielle

This is a smaller instrument, compared to the other vielles, and is based on a picture in the Trinity College Apocalypse c.1250-60. The body is English lime, with yew and ebony fittings. The combination of its size and materials of its construction give this instrument a very light and resonant, but surprisingly strident, sound. It works well with an almost flat bridge, meaning that the player must always bow at least two strings together. It can also be built to allow single string playing. This instrument shown has a string length of 335 mm.