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Violone

 

The violone is the largest member of the viol family, and the predecessor to the double bass. Although now considered a member of the violin family, the double bass actually has its roots in the viol family, which is noticeable in its sloped shoulder shape. The most common tuning for the violone is in G (an octave below that of a tenor viol), and it was often used instead of a cello, especially in German music. My violone is a copy of a Maggini 1620 made in Breacia, 1973.