Musical header Click here for the latest news from the Shoppe Click here to discover some of the feedback our customers have given given us over the past few years. Click here for videos, audio, photos and articles from the Shoppe Click here for our range of Double Bass specialist Books Click here for our quality Double Bass Accessories Click here for our quality Double Bass Bows Click here for our highest quality Double Basses over UK£20,000 Click here for our quality Double Basses up to UK£20,000 Click here for our range of Budget Double Basses up to UK £5000 Click here to review some of the instruments previously sold by The Contrabass Shoppe. Click here for the web site introduction Click here to discover more about The Contrabass Shoppe Click here for the outstanding Double Bass Gallery Click here to make contact with us
 

Double Bass in the manner of Gasparo da Salo, Brecia circa 1750-1790 - #2700 - SOLD

Front image of an instrument in the manner of Gasparo da Salo, Brecia circa 1750-1790
Back image of an instrument in the manner of Gasparo da Salo, Brecia circa 1750-1790
Side image of an instrument in the manner of Gasparo da Salo, Brecia circa 1750-1790
Scroll image of an instrument in the manner of Gasparo da Salo, Brecia circa 1750-1790
Click to zoom to an instrument in the manner of Gasparo da Salo, Brecia circa 1750-1790

What does "In the Manner" mean?

In our opinion the work is after the style but later than the work of the named maker.

How much after Gasparo da Salo are we talking about?

Gasparo da Salo died in 1609 so we are talking approximately 140-180 years later.

What are the characteristics of this instrument that lead you to that opinion?

i) Model; The model is "Grand" with flat arching on the table and pronounced arching on the back.
ii) Table wood; Yellow pine - cut on the slab or quarter.
iii) Back wood; A type of fruit wood - probably pear and cut almost on the quarter. Made of three pieces - with joints virtually invisible.
iv) Purfilling; Double-purfilling of a most interesting and unusual form - consisting of two thick "painted" bands to both front and back.
v) Varnish; Thick reddish-brown with a wonderful thick-depthy texture and a slight craquelleur - quite suggestive of NW Venice area of Italy.
vi) Internal top and bottom blocks; Very small and semicircular.
vii) Scroll; Simplistic in style and executed to a proficient standard.
viii) F's; In keeping with the scroll.
ix) Endpin hole; Off centre - positioned much close to the front plate.
x) Machines; Of notable distinction in both design and manufacture.

Are we talking about the Lombardi region?

Yes, the characteristics do suggest the renowned violin making Province of Brecia in the Lombardi region of Italy. To the West of Venice the city of Brecia lies with Da Salo - the birthplace of Gasparo di Bertolotti (known as Gasparo da Salo) a short distance from the shoreline of Lake Garda. Further upstream - nestling in the foothills of the Alps - are the villages of Rovereto and Trento with Bolzano further to the North.

Is there any history with the instrument?

Unfortunately there are no internal labels or inscriptions. The only history that we have relates to it's last owner who we understand was a man of the cloth - here in the UK and who cherished the instrument for most of his life. Hearing this one can't help making an association with the Gasparo da Salo instrument that was presented to Dragonetti by the Benedictine nuns who occupied St. Peter's monastery in Venice where at the time Dragonetti lived and played in the Grand Opera.

Has much work been done to the instrument?

To bring this instrument to the tip-top structural and playing condition that it is now presented - a total of nearly £12 000-00 including fittings and vat was spent on it. A digital print out of the inside table accompanies the instrument. The work - undertaken by our restorer over several months involved the following procedures;

i) Remove front
ii) Clean out cracks and reglue
iii) Fit new bass bar
iv) Fit sound post patch
v) Half-edge as necessary
vi) Stud cracks
vii) Effect repairs around f-holes
viii) Re-glue front
ix) Remove back
x) Clean out cracks and glue
xi) Stud cracks
xii) Clean out cracks to ribs and glue
xiii) Stud cracks to ribs
xiv) Re-glue back
xv) Graft and fit new neck
vi) Clean varnish and touch in where necessary
vii) Fit new bridge with adjusters, sound post and endpin unit.

It is certainly a fantastic looking instrument. Just how well does it play?

The great looks, an advantageous string length and the extremely powerful, deep, dark, tonally rich sounds that this instrument produces are certain to appeal to those players seeking an instrument that will do them justice at the very highest levels. This if without question an instrument of both visual and playing distinction. This is without question an inspirational instrument for any player. As estate agents say - an early viewing is strongly recommended.

Stats:

LOB (length of back) - 113.2cm (44.75in)
Width across upper bouts - 52.6cm (20.75in)
Width across middle bouts - 36.5cm (14.35in)
Width across lower bouts - 65.2cm (25.65in)
Depth of lower ribs inc both plates- 22.5cm (8.85in)
Body Stop - 60.0cm (23.65in)
String length - 104.6cm (41.15in)

SOLD.

For a very big view of the instrument, click on each of the photographs

Front View

Back View

Front View Back View

Quarter View

Scroll view
Quarter View

Scroll View

Click here for a full view of this instrument
Back to the Top Quality Achives Double Bass Section
Back to top
Contrabass Shoppe footer Click here to review some of the instruments previously sold by The Contrabass Shoppe Click here for our range of Budget Double Basses up to UK £5000 Click here for our quality Double Basses up to UK£20,000 Click here for our highest quality Double Basses over UK£20,000 Click here for our quality Double Bass Bows Click here for our quality Double Bass Accessories Click here for our range of Double Bass specialist Books Click here for the web site introduction Click here to discover more about The Contrabass Shoppe Click here for the outstanding Double Bass Gallery Click here to discover our articles in relation to the Double Bass Click here for videos, audio, photos and articles from the Shoppe Click here to make contact with us Click here to make contact with us Click here to email us.