Instruments | Theorbo | Renaissance | Classical
An alternative to the archlute was the theorbo. It had a set of unstopped bass strings called ‘diapasons’, which lay just to one side of the fingerboard and ran directly from where they were attached to the bridge to a peg box at the end of a long neck. The stopped strings ran to a second peg box placed, as in the archlute, a little under half way up the neck. The theorbo’s neck was straight and the peg box at the end was not set at an angle. The theorbo was an important continuo instrument, playing with the bass viol, cello or keyboard player’s left hand.
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