description: Jerome Thibouville-Lamy circa 1920 viol-shaped
with flat back.
table is made of an even-medium grained spruce. A particular characteristic
of this table wood, and one that is extremely handsome, is a flame-like
effect caused by the visibility of medullary rays rippling through
the wood. This suggests that the wood was split at a lesser angle
than that used for quarter-sawn timber. The back is made from maple
that shows a strong vertical grain. There is little natural flaming.
The ribs and scroll are also made of maple of minimal real figuration.
What is visible on the back, ribs and scroll and looking every
bit as though the wood has a stunning high-figuration is an effect
known as a “simulated flame”. During the first quarter
of the twentieth century wood of a particularly plain nature was
enhanced by a technique that involved the painting on of a flame-like
marking to the wood before it was varnished.
A superb spirit based varnish of a translucent dark-redcurrant
new set of French style machines. Because this instrument was originally
made as a three stringer and the peg box was incapable of accommodating
an additional cog of a similar size to that of the originals The
Contrabass Shoppe has fitted a really neat set of smaller-diameter
cogs that reflect well the style of the originals.
and correctional work: Many instruments that emanate from
France possess tables of a thickness that are incapable of vibrating
properly. The sound produced by these instruments is characteristically
thin and nasally. The French players of yesterday and perhaps
to a degree still today lean towards this type of sound. In contrast
the worldwide market demands as much tone and as much sound as
is possible from an instrument. To this end this table of this
instrument has been reduced from the totally incredulous figure
of 15mm (in places) to a much more conventional thickness of
around 9mm. The results speak clearly for themselves. In addition
to this correctional work a new bass bar of the right length
and depth has been fitted, there is a superb new neck and fingerboard
and endpin unit, sound post and bridge have all been fitted.
A crack to the back of the peg-box has been sorted out so that
you'd never know it ever existed and the new set of machines
has been fitted with the utmost of care.
Cost of restoration
and fittings: UK£3962-10 inc VAT.
Structural condition guarantee: A digital
photograph of the inside table accompanies this instrument and
provides complete evidence as to the extent of work necessary to
place this instrument into the A1 structural condition that it
is now offered. The photo also reveals the incredibly high standard
of work that is demanded by The Contrabass
round and gutsy with plenty of projection and lots of colours.
Overall impression: Due
to the original thickness of the table and the resultant “dead”
sound we reckon that this instrument has hardly ever been played
upon since it was new. Consequently it looks virtually as it did
when it was made back in the 1920s. Really the varnish is quite
mint. This is most definitely a beautifully presented instrument
with a large quality sound. Fitted-up with an adjustable bridge
and Thomastic tailpiece this is one gorgeous baby to play. Superb
looks and superb sound that will most definitely appeal to all
you jazzers out there.
Width at the upper bout 22in (55.7cm)
Width at the centre bout 15.25in (38.5cm)
Width at the lower bout 27in (68.3cm)
LOB 45in ( 114.2cm )
St length 42in ( 106.4cm )