This consignment 1920s German 7/8 carved back bass has a very strong voice for both jazz and orchestral settings. Improvements and setup refinements over the years make this instrument quite player-friendly. The spruce top possesses narrow and even grain with a clean and clear lack of figuring. The lightly flame-figured maple back, sides, and neck also possess a straight and clean character, with a medium tap tone throughout. The original tuning machines have been replaced by contemporary Rubner tuning machines. The old ebony fingerboard still has some life left in it, but has been planed to about 60% of its original thickness. The neck angle is excellent, yielding a 6 7/8″ (17.5 cm) bridge height. The maple bridge is in fine health, the Full Circle pickup being replaced with New Harmony bridge adjusters. The ebony tailpiece and adjustable endpin are in fine working order. A recent setup refinement by Jeff Sahs included installation of a new set of Pirastro Flexocore Deluxe strings.
Top length 44 1/8″ (112.1 cm), Upper bout width 20 3/4″ (52.7 cm), Middle bout width 15 3/4″ (40.0 cm), Lower bout width 27″ (68.6 cm), Depth at tail 8 5/8″ (21.9 cm), Depth at upper bout corner 8 1/8″ (20.6 cm), Depth at neck 7 1/8″ (18.1 cm), String length 43 1/8″ (109.5 cm).This lively bass would be a welcome addition to any orchestra or jazz group. A fine old German instrument at a very attractive price.