ca. 1880 Tyrolean 3/4 flatback


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This fine sounding consignment ca. 1880 3/4 Tyrolean flatback has a very fine jazz voice and has been used in that capacity for several decades most notably by Larry Grenadier. The medium-light weight and blockless construction help make the voice quickly responsive. The fine grain spruce top has had the various cracks well attended to and shows playing wear of the edge at the G-side neck joint that is testament to the millions of notes that it has played. The plain maple back and sides have several well repaired cracks and a strip of maple doubling in the bass-side middle bout. The beech neck is quite healthy with no breaks or cracks. The original quarter plate hat peg tuners turn well and have had the decorative knobs cut off over the years. The ebony fingerboard still has a few planings left in it and is very dense and non-porous in structure. The tailpiece is from Mike Pecanic. The adjustable Camelopard endpin is the arco-friendly variety and functions smoothly. The adjustable bridge is getting on in years, but still functions well. DIMENSIONS are: Top length 42 5/8″, Upper bout width 21 1/8″. Middle bout width 14 1/2″, Lower bout width 25 3/4″, Depth at tail 8 3/8″, Depth at upper bout corner 8 3/4″, Depth at neck 7 “, String length 41 7/8″. Also a very nice arco instrument, this quick responding instrument is quite effective in a jazz setting and is currently strung with Spirocore weich strings. An unusually good sounding bass with a dark, rich voice. With cover.

Price: $13,500