ca. 1930s German 3/4 flatback ex-Dean Reilly




This ca. 1930s German 3/4 flatback bass was owned and used by the celebrated bassist, Dean Reilly, for several decades. It is a lively and responsive instrument that plays quite easily. The spruce top has a consistent medium grain width and a beautiful tap tone. The maple sides are somewhat plain and the back has both some ribbon figure and nice narrow width flame figure showing. The neck is beech, fit with single unit hatpeg tuning machines. The ebony nut, fingerboard, and tailpiece saddle are all in fine condition. The salvaged Kay tailpiece looks to be an “ebonized” rosewood or walnut. The bridge has been fit with adjusters and Jeff Sahs recently thinned the crown area and reshaped it. The endpin is a 10 mm steel rod unit from ULSA. The top plate has recently had a small patch repair at the G side edge of the upper bout. Cracks and seam separations in the back and sides have been professionally repaired. Allan Droyan recently revitalized the old varnish finish. Currently this bass is strung with Evah Pirazzi weich string, but the new Pirastro Perpetual strings might  be an excellent choice for jazz pizz playing. The response is quick and colorful. Zit is a very easy bass to play. Dimensions are: Top length 43″, Upper bout width 19 3/4″, Middle bout width 13 5/8″, Lower bout width 26″, Rib depth at tail 7 1/4″, Rib depth at upper bout crease 7 1/4″, Rib depth at neck 5 1/2″, String length 42 1/4″. This bass is a wonderful jazz instrument that can double as a melody oriented orchestral instrument. A very nice addition to the current inventory. Without cover. We have several options available.