Viola da gamba
Bass by Nikolaus Leidolff
Born near Milano around 1650, Nicolaus Leidolff first learned violin-making in Italy. After traveling as an apprentice in Italy and Switzerland, he settled down in Vienna, initially employed by Isaak Ott, one of the many luthiers from Füssen who established himself in Vienna. As was the custom of the times, Nicolaus Leidolff married the widow of his employer upon his death in 1672, taking over his master's workshop. The high quality of his workmanship and the excellent sound of his instruments very soon won him an international reputation far beyond the borders of the Habsburg Empire. His son, Johann Christoph and his grandson, Joseph Ferdinand, carried on the family tradition to the end of the 18th C.
José Vázquez at the concert at the Castle of Kremsegg,
June, 2008, with the viol by Nikolas Leidloff
See also: Audiovisual presentations
Body length 664 mm Upper width 300 mm Middle width 208 mm Lower width 364 mm Rib high 120 mm String length 700 mm