1924 Aristide Cavalli 3/4 carved back

A superb early 20th century Italian violin corner 3/4 carved back instrument from this prolific Cremonese maker. Then as now, older instruments could demand a higher price tag, so Cavalli labeled this instrument with the name of his teacher, Joseph Beltrami, and a build date of 1887. The nimble response and complex voice make this bass a great choice for solo work, recording, or ensemble jazz play. Plain figure maple back, sides, and neck graft with original scroll. Fine grain spruce top with gorgeous cross-grain silking figure. Brass halfplate tuners. Recent bridge with wooden adjusters from Pat McCarthy. Carbon graphite endpin. Recent ebony Hill style tailpiece. Healthy ebony fingerboard and nut. Medium red-brown varnish over a golden ground. The characteristic very low Italian top arching gives this bass a larger, richer voice than what one might expect from an instrument of this size. Just a few necessary repairs were performed in the last 90 years, including the scroll graft, 6 cracks in the top and sides, and installation of a 1 3/4″ x 1 7/8″ patch in the upper bout on the bass side. Dimensions are: Top length 43″, Upper bout width 19 1/4″, Middle bout width 13 3/4″, Lower bout width 25 3/4″, Depth at neck 6 1/4″, Depth at upper bout bend 7 3/8″, Depth at tail 7 7/8″, String length 41 1/2″. A splendid arco instrument. Currently strung with Bal Canto strings. With cover.

Price $28,000