ca. 1960s Toenniges import 7/8 carved back



This ca. 1960s Paul Toenniges 7/8 import bass is a fine example of this powerful carved back instrument. Long celebrated as orchestral instruments with a large section presence, these instruments do not come up for sale very often. Cedar top with dense mahogany back and sides. The original rosewood fingerboard has been replaced with an aged African ebony fingerboard. The original tuning machines are a commercial German halfplate set. The nut, tailpiece, and tailpiece saddle are also made from African ebony. The adjustable endpin is an ULSA unit that remains in fine working order. The recently cut bridge was fit with adjusters with wooden wheels. Leather bumpers have been added to the G side upper and lower bouts. Currently strung with Spirocore orchestra gauge strings, this bass also performs quite well with a variety of orchestral stringing. Dimensions are: Top length 45 1/8″, Upper bout width 21 1/2″, Middle bout width 15 1/2″, Lower bout width 27 3/4″, Rib depth at tail 7 3/4, Rib depth at upper bout corner 7 1/8″, Rib depth at neck joint 6 3/8″, String length 42 1/4″.  The consigning owner has used this bass for jazz playing, but its greatest strength is for orchestral settings. A nice professional quality orchestral bass with some upgraded parts. With cover.