Pringle Viols

John Pringle
Stringed Instrument Maker
2218 Mount Willing Road
Efland, NC 27243
(919) 563-4118


Medieval & Renaissance Instruments

I make reconstructions of early viols, mostly without soundposts, from northern Europe based on paintings by various masters including van Eyck, Memling, Holbein and Hans Baldung Gruen, as well as vielles, rebecs, rebabs, guitterns and citoles from various sources, but particularly from Santiago de Compostela and the Cantigas de Santa Maria. These are carefully researched instruments intended for those specializing in music from the medieval and renaissance periods, but the prices are comparable to those of my student instruments because I want to make them as widely available as possible. I am willing to undertake a reconstruction of any model that you may have in mind. Plain and decorated versions are available and are priced accordingly. The basic prices for viols are shown in the price list. Medieval instruments start at around $1000. I also offer a good medieval bow at a reasonable price.