ca. 1928 Pfretschner “Andreas Morelli”


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This lovely consignment late 1920s Pfretschner “Andreas Morelli” model was built in the Karl Hermann shop for distribution in the U.S., with most of the antiquing and simulated wear done at the factory as a new instrument. The very high quality of the woods and workmanship make it an superb example of an early 20th century german shop instrument. The spruce top is of fine even grain structure with no defects. The beautifully flame figured Maple back, sides, and neck are very high quality as well. The tuners are nickel halfplate Rubner machines. Ebony fittings all the way around. The lightly applied golden amber varnish was “antiqued” when brand new to give the appearance of an older instrument. The italian style modeling is gorgeous. Dimensions are: Top length 43″, Upper bout width 20 1/4″, Middle bout width 14 3/4″, Lower bout width 26″, Depth at tail 8 3/8″, Depth at upper bout corner 8 3/8″, Depth at neck 6 5/8″, String length 42 3/4″. The bridge was made and regular maintenance was performed by El Cerrito’s Pat McCarthy. Currently strung with Pirastro Flexocore strings for orchestral play, this bass is an especially fine professional level instrument in this price range. This bass also has a penetrating jazz voice when strung with Evah Pirazzi or Spirocore strings. With cover.

Price: $14,500