early 1950s Andreas Morelli



This ca. early 1950s Andreas Morelli, distributed by Pfretzschner, is in fine condition and has received some performance enhancements that have greatly improved the response and depth of tone. The spruce top has tonally rich tap tones as a result of a top regraduation and bass bar remodeling. The back, ribs, and neck are made from aged German maple. The tuning machines have been well maintained over the decades. The African ebony nut, fingerboard, and tailpiece saddle are recent replacements. The tailpiece is the factory original. The high quality bridge blank was chosen for moderate weight and complex tap tone. The bridge adjusters turn very smoothly. The endpin is a replacement solid graphite unit made by New Harmony. The finish shows some handling wear, but is generally in fine shape. The neck reset has helped to bring out the very strong voice of this bass, The dimensions are: Top length 43″, Upper bout width 20″, Middle bout width 14 1/4″, Lower bout width 25 3/4″, Rib depth at tail 8 1/2″, Rib depth at upper bout crease 8″, Rib depth at neck joint 7″, String length 42 3/4″. The jazz voice with Spirocore mittel is very strong and penetrating, with a very solid bottom end. The Arco voice is quite colorful and projective. This bass is a particularly good performance instrument, with plenty of volume and presence.