Flautado Violon Spanish
Gamba Italian
Gambe French, German

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An unimitative string stop of 32', 16' or 8' pitch, one of the more common and generally useful string stops. See also Viol, Viola da Gamba.

Tonal Attributes

Moderately loud; clear, brilliant, incisive.


Medium scale (a moderately large scale for a string), open metal. The illustration is Audsley's.


Bearded Gamba
Bell Gamba
Cone Gamba
Contra Gamba
Echo Gamba
Gamba Celeste
Gamba Diapason
Gemshorn Gamba
German Gamba
Gross Gamba
Horn Gamba
Muted Gamba
Nasard Gamba
Oboe Gamba
Octave Gamba
Solo Gamba
Stentor Gamba


Examples are common.

Sound Clips

See the Sound Files appendix for general information.

Gamba 8', Solo Kellogg Auditorium, Battle Creek, Michigan, USA Aeolian-Skinner, 1933 St. Anne
Gambe 8', Swell First Baptist Church, Riverside, California, USA Schantz, 1966 arpeggio St. Anne


Audsley[1]: Gamba. Audsley[2]: I.XIII Gamba. Hopkins & Rimbault[1]: § 399, 586, 588, 818. Irwin[1]: Gamba. Locher[1]: Gamba. Maclean[1]: Gamba; Viola. Skinner[1]: 27, 29, 31; XII Gamba. Strony[1]: Gamba. Sumner[1]: Gamba. Wedgwood[1]: Flautado Violon; Gamba.
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