SOLD: Italian Double Bass c1780


Charming instrument of pear wood, beautifully maintained and played by an American bass luminary


This bass is believed to be of Italian origin with back and side built
of slab cut pear wood with a pronounced side taper. Purfling and edge
oxidation suggests late 18th Century. The bass has a modern replacement
neck (German scroll) and a C-extension added.

A surprisingly large and deep voice considering the narrow profile. From the
collection of Edwin Barker, of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the
Boston Conservatory, one of America’s most accomplished symphonic and
ensemble contrabassists.

Upper Bout: 20.25″
C Bout: 14.25″
Lower Bout: 24.5″
Length of Back: 42.5″
Rib Depth: 5.25 – 7.5″
String Length: 41.5″

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