ca. 1910 German 7/8 flatback




This ca. 1910 german 7/8 flatback was used as his single instrument by a regularly performing San Francisco Bay Area musician and bandleader for over 30 years. Regular maintenance was performed by Michael Olivola and Allan Droyan over these decades. We had Allan Droyan perform a top off restoration that included replacing old crack cleats and regraduating the parts of the top that were too thick to function properly. At the same time, Allan reset the neck to a more effective angle and increased the neck over stand to modern specifications. A few side cracks and back plate cracks were attended to and then the bass was ready for a comprehensive combination arco-pizz setup by Jeff Sahs. The old top repair in the bass-side lower bout was still quite healthy, but improved cosmetically by Allan. Beech neck with single unit “hat peg” tuners, Maple back and sides, Medium grain spruce top, New Hill style ebony tailpiece, New German endpin, New fingerboard with Romberg bevel, German bridge with adjusters added.

The dimensions are:
Top length 44″, Upper bout width 20 3/4″, Middle bout width 15″, Lower bout width 26 7/8″, Depth at tail 8 3/4″, Depth at upper bout corner 8 3/8″, Depth at neck 6 7/8″, String length 43″. As one might expect from a medium weight 7/8 instrument with a 43″ string length, the voice is quite large and penetrating, with a lot of depth. We have successfully used both Spirocore mittel and Evah Pirazzi medium tension strings in arco and pizz settings. While this bass remains in the shop, it is my current favorite performance bass for pizz playing, using a mixed set of Velvet Garbo with a tynex wound gut G string. An instrument with a commanding acoustic presence and a quiet visual presentation. With cover.