The instrument can be delivered in several tunings. The most common are:
a violin/viola tuning (c - g - d’- a’- e’’)
and a mixed tuning (d - a - d’ - a’- e’’)
Especially the second version allows playing melody with a own rhythmic drone accompanying. Or accompanying other musicians or singers with a drone as well. The curvature of the bridge allows melodic single line playing as well.
Besides of the here shown instruments after the patterns of Bernard Ellis we offer a model after the “Tryptichon of John Donne” by Hans Memling that can be found in the National Gallery in London, UK. Very special with this painting are the detailed inlays in the top of the 5-stringed fidel. A 6-stringed fidel after the Memling drawing in the Alte Pinakothek in Munich, Germany is in preparation as well.