Roosebeck 23 Inch Rebec Alto 3 String Bow & Padded Gig Bag. Roosebeck 23" Rebec Alto 3 String + Bow & Padded Gig Bag. The rebec is a 3-stringed bowed instrument with European ancestry. It is 23" long with a scale length of 12.5." The optimal tuning for this Alto Rebec is: G below middle C, D above middle C, A above middle C.
It is played resting on the shoulder, the chest or tucked in the armpit. This ancient instrument comes with 3 gut strings, sheesham fingerboard, bow and padded gig bag. It measures 23 inches long by 5 1/2 inches wide by 4 1/2 inches deep (including the bridge). Bow is 27 1/2" long and the rosin for bow (VR200 D'Addario Rosin) is sold separately.
Please note: Rebecs are de-tuned and the bridge is removed prior to shipment to reduce the chance of damage to the instrument. Before you can play instrument, you will have to set the bridge in place and then tune it, you will also have to prepare the bow. The bridge is free floating and will be held in place by the tension of the strings. To find the correct placement of the bridge: Put the three strings into the notches of the bridge and stand the bridge on the face of the soundboard between the two sound holes. Then measure from the bottom of the nut, to the front of the bridge; the measurement should be 13-inches. The bridge should be perpendicular to the strings, so the measurement should be 13-inches under each string. Be careful that the bridge does not move while you are tuning.