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Justin Hitchcock (1752-1822) of Deerfield, Massachusetts, made this bass viol in 1770. A traveling singing master told him to give up trying to learn to sing, but he did not listen to this advice. He became a good musician anyway, leading the church choir and playing this bass viol of his own making. Instruments like this were used at a time when most New England meetinghouses did not have organs.


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Bass Viol

creator   Justin Hitchcock (1752-1822)
date   1770
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
height   49.5"
width   15.5"
depth   4.5"
process/materials   pine
item type   Communication/Musical Tools and Equipment
accession #   #1886.28

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"Remarks and Observations" by Justin Hitchcock

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