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Local makers and suppliers in Australia include:

Ian Watchorn Melbourne-based expert on the history of viola da gamba making and associated bows. Maker of fine viols and bows. Supplier of gut strings for viols

Chris Twidle (can be contacted as ctwidle on his email account) is based near Maleny in Queensland.

Saraband Music
Music publisher in Queensland with special interest in music for the viol.

Orpheus Music
Publishers and retailers of music for viols and recorders.

The Recorder Homepage
Nick Lander from Perth runs this enormous site with excellent links for all things to do with the recorder. Many of the music links are valuable for viola da gamba players


State wide Early Music Societies are also great hubs for selling and buying instruments

The Early Music Association of New South Wales
Founded in 1977, the Society provides a focus in NSW for the study and performance of Western music written prior to the 19th century and members are professional and amateur musicians, instrument makers, teachers, students and concert-goers.

The Early Music Society of Queensland
Early Music Queensland brings together people with an interest in the music, instruments and dance of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods

The Early Music Society of Victoria
Australia’s foremost early music society with many viola da gamba players as members. Organised the 2004 Easter Viol School.

Australian Strings Association – WA
The Australian Strings Association WA (AUSTA) is the Western Australian chapter of the national association for string players.

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