Bass Viol, Barak Norman, 1705
Barak Norman’s viols have been described as made in ‘the elegant English style.’ Around 1700 Norman preferred to build cellos, though he continued to produce bass viols. The viol has frets, while the cello does not have this facility. Moreover, the viol has more strings. The inside of the viol is related to lute building, while the cello belongs to the tradition of violin making.