ca. 1840 French 7/8 carved back

According to Jon Peterson, this unlableled fine orchestra bass originates from Paris, rather than Mirecourt, most probably made 1835-50. The modified cello form was used by such makers as Claudot, Maucotel, Derazay, and Jacquet and made popular by some of the basses ordered and sold by J.B. Vuillaume. Beautiful medium grain spruce top covered with hazel figure (hazelfichte or bearclaw figure), Tiger flame maple sides and carved back, Probably a replacement german 4 string neck (ca. 1900-1910?) with brass halfplate tuners from that period, New ebony nut and fingerboard, New bridge made as part of the comprehensive setup, Older boxwood tailpiece, Older aluminum adjustable endpin, Original luminous orange varnish over golden ground. Slightly darker reddish orange varnish used on the replacement neck and some older repaired or worn areas. Dimensions are: Top length 44 1/4″, Upper bout width 21 1/4″, Middle bout width 14 3/4″, Lower bout width 26 7/8″, Rib depth at tail 8 1/4″, Rib depth at lower C bout corner 8″, Rib depth at upper C bout corner 7 7/8″, Rib depth at neck 6 3/4″, String length 42 1/8″.  Just a few well repaired top and back cracks. More extensive crack repairs and a few small patches on upper and lower bout sides. Center bout sides are relatively undisturbed. The added fifth string gear has been removed from the bass side plate. The button area of the back has a top notch professional graft using a ship lap joint.  The voice has large and penetrating presence, ranging tonally from a lush quality on the bottom to complex and singing clarity on the top end. A fine orchestral instrument.  With Reunion blues cover.

Price: $25,000