Medieval instruments
hand crafted by
Kate Buehler-McWilliams,
champion of the tromba marina.


I will be taking a few years off from instrument business as I focus on raising my young family.  While I intend to continue building instruments on a limited basis, I will not be accepting commissions until I am back  to full productivity.  Thanks for your understanding.

For Sale

A cherry rebec by Kate McWilliams, 2014.

A pear rebec by Arwen Hotchkiss, 2009

In Progress

Publication of the BM Citole Symposium book.

Boxwood rebec

Pear vielle


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"I consider and deem as unprofitable instruments those such as the rebecs and the trumpet marine."

When Sebastian Virdung set about writing an instrument manual in 1511, he described the rebec and the trumpet marine as "unprofitable instruments," a disparaging remark indeed. However, his only real complaint was that he was unable to describe how to play them — the only way for a person to learn that was to practice! Having built rebecs and a trumpet marine, I found the possibility of using Virdung's appellation too good to pass up, though please note that I do not share his opinion. With a little bit of practice, these instruments are sure to please.