ca. 1890s Tyrolean large 3/4 flatback




This ca. 1890s Tyrolean large 3/4 flatback bass underwent a complete restoration a few years ago by SF Bay Area doublebass luthier, Nathaniel Rich. During the restoration, a neck block was made and installed, the string length shortened, and some old cracks were reglued and cleated. It is now a solid performer in the jazz and orchestral realms. Currently it is strung g for orchestral play and has a non-adjustable bridge. The two-piece spruce top features segmented f-holes and grain that is medium width at the center, wider at the edges. The maple back and sides show a little mile flame figuring and have had their older cracks well attended to. The maple graft has been well fit to the original beech pegbox and scroll. The hatpeg tuning machines are affixed to half plates. The brass wire tuning machine handles are interesting and beautiful. The nut, fingerboard, tailpiece, and tailpiece saddle are all made from high quality ebony. High quality maple bridge features no adjusters. The endpin  is an aluminum tube model from ULSA. The golden amber varnish is lightly applied and attractive.

Dimensions are:
Top length 41 1/2″ (105.4 cm), Upper bout width 21 1/2″ (54.6 cm). Middle bout width 15″ (38.1 cm), Lower bout width 26 3/8″ (67.0 cm), Length of back including button 43 1/2″ (110.5 cm), Rib depth at tail 8 1/8″ (20.6 cm), Rib depth at upper bout crease 8 1/8″ (20.6 cm), Rib depth at neck 6 5/8″ (16.8 cm), String length 42″ (106.7 cm).  A fine stately instrument that carries a rich-toned voice in all registers.  With cover.