1921 Leoni large 3/4 flatback


This wonderfully preserved 1921 Giovanni Leoni large 3/4 flatback has a strong melodic voice and a striking visual presence, due to its heavily figured Lombardy poplar back and sides. The spruce top is of medium grain and features the relatively low arching that is characteristic of a great many Italian makers. The lightly figured maple neck retains its original “hat peg” single unit tuning machines and a Patrick McCarthy C extension. The ebony fittings are all in fine condition. The Aubert bridge has smooth turning adjusters fit to it. The ULSA 10 mm adjustable endpin functions smoothly. The lightly applied light brown oil varnish has had few repairs over the decades. The dimensions are: Top length 44″ (111.8 cm), Upper bout width 21 1/8″ (53.7 cm), Middle bout width 15 5/8″ (40.3 cm), Lower bout width 25 7/8″ (65.7 cm), Length of Back 46 1/8″ (117.2 cm), Rib depth at tail 7 7/8″ (20.0 cm), Rib depth at upper bout crease 7 5/8″ (19.4 cm), Rib depth at neck  5 7/8″ (14.9 cm), String length 42 3/8″ (107.6 cm). This bass has a beautiful bel canto voice with the current stringing of Flexocore Deluxe E/C string, and Thomastik Bel Canto A, D, and G strings. Regular maintenance and a few crack repairs performed by Kolstein and Patrick McCarthy. With cover.