ca. 1875 French 7/8

This wonderful bass is a fine example of the high quality woods and workmanship coming out of the Mirecourt area of France, ca. 1875. The spruce top is free of defects and has the fine grain at the center, widening at the edges. The finely flame figured back and sides are quite dramatic and also free of defects. The flame figured maple 4 string neck is a recent replacement made by Allan Droyan, using well functioning half plate brass tuners salvaged from an early 1900s era 7/8 german bass. This bass had gotten a transplanted german or belgian 5 string neck somewhere in the 1920s or 1930s, so the original scroll and tuners have been lost to history. Aubert DeLuxe bridge with adjusters added as part of a comprehensive setup. The dimensions are generous, but not overly large: Top length 43 5/8″, Upper bout width 21 3/4″, Middle bout width 14 3/4″, Lower but width 27 1/8″, Depth at neck 6 3/4″, Depth at upper bout corner 7 5/8″, Depth at tail 8 3/4″, String length will be approximately 42 3/8″. The oil varnish is a deep red-brown. Allan Droyan regraduated the overly thick top, typical of french manufacture, to general mid-19th century italian thickness and bass bar contour. This bass is a fine orchestral instrument with a large and balanced voice. Players have remarked on how lush and beautiful that large, balanced voice is. With cover.

Price: $21,500