Posted on June 20, 2019March 27, 2020 by Dale Phillips The New Violin Family The New Violin Family by Alan Carruth previously published in American Lutherie #86, 2006 See also, Meet the Maker: Carleen Hutchins by Alan Carruth The Catgut Acoustical Society and the New Violin Family Association by Robert J. Spear These diagrams are intended to show the relative sizes of the octet instruments; dimensions shown are not definitive. Detailed full-scale plans are available from the New Violin Family Association. The neck of the small bass as shown here is longer than might be expected. This is to ease the transition between a standard bass viol and the octet small bass. Small basses have also been built successfully with necks that are more in scale with the instrument body. The largest five instruments are played on endpins. Become A Member to Continue Reading This Article This article is part of our premium web content offered to Guild members. To view this and other web articles, join the Guild of American Luthiers. Members also receive 4 annual issues of American Lutherie and get discounts on products. For details, visit the membership page. If you are already a member, login for access or contact us to setup your account.