Here's Rebec Mark1 Mod1 (Pavel's
Here is some information on
the first of the rebecs that I built - the one that Pavel convinced me
to do. I have since done a pretty thorough rebuild on the
instrument - putting a new, higher fingerboard on it, a new bridge,
trimming and lowering the tuning head, thinning the soundboard, and
carving a wren on the peghead between the pegs. It now sounds as
good as, if not better than, my instrument.
is a sound file recorded at random at Kris Kinder
is the rebec and it's bow. I did a more traditional c-hole
soundhole design on this instrument, it was a fitting way to do
it. The instrument sounds good and resonates well with this
Another view - the
back of the rebec. This body came out of the same board as my
rebec, though the shape is slightly different, determined by the grain
of the piece, it is the same as mine in basic dimension A small
piece of water buffalo horn was
added at the base of the instrument as a saddle instead of the ebony
used on my instrument, to take the pressure
of the tailgut and keep it from cutting into the spruce soundboard.
Side view of the
rebec and bow. The tailpiece is made of padaul, the pegs are made
of purpleheart, and the fingerboard is maple. The bridge is
nut is antler.
Here is a view of the soundboard, soundholes,
and bridge. I installed precision fine-tuners on this tailpiece,
at the request of Pavel.
The peghead and purpleheart pegs, along with the nut .
This peghead is the wyvern-tail shape shown in many of the artistic
renderings of the middle ages.
is Pav with the instrument. This has become the regular
instrument for Pav, and he plays it a lot, and sounds good on it.
With the modifications I am going to make on it (reworking the
fingerboard, lowering the tuning head, and more drastically curving the
bridge) it should be an even better sounding instrument than mine.
Both instruments with the one bow I have made so far. A
handsome pair if I do say so myself.
shot of the sisters together. They are both fine instruments, and
far exceeded my expectations (I am still just floored that they even
work, let alone as well as they do.) I have a few more to make in
the next week or so, and at least one of these will be shown as
construction sequence shots for those interested.