- viola da gamba.
- double bass.
Origin of bass viol
First recorded in 1580–90
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Examples from the Web for bass viol
The cornet and bass-viol had put in an appearance, but the pianist had been lost in the shuffle.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
Then Roxy took her place, and Heman bent over his bass-viol.
That bass-viol slipped a little for'ard when we come down Lamson's Hill.
The bass-viol had its mortal wound; he could have laid both fists into the hole.
There was a clearing of throats; then Mr. Fiddleman gave the key on the bass-viol.Winning His Way
Charles Carleton Coffin
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