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Pier Lorenzo Vangelisti Double Bass, Florence circa 1740 - #2707 - SOLD

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Pier Who?

Pier Lorenzo Vangelisti worked in Florence between 1700-1746. He was also known by the name Pietro Evangelisti. His work foreshadowed that of the renowned Florentine maker Giovanni Battista Gabrielli who worked between 1736-1787.

It is a good looking instrument

Yes it is certainly a very user-friendly model that will undoubtedly be of particular interest for both female players or for those of a slightly smaller stature. This is partly because the instrument has been made as a swell back yet with a clear angle-break that allows for the most comfortable of playing positions. In the most artistic manner imaginable Vangelisti has successfully achieved the near impossible engineering feat of changing a curve into a flat.

The back is pretty spectacular

Yes, The age, quality and character of this instrument are etched into the back for all to read.

Re The wood; Is quite plain however there is immense character. On the bass side one can see wide grains descending in a wild florid manner.

Re The varnish; Is absolutely spectacular. There is a wonderful light ground colour peeping through layers of opaque yellows and overlain golden-browns. The varnish on the upper break and lower treble flank are of a later date.

Re Character; Years of active life have given this instrument a unique and individual character. There is a particularly deep gouge type hollow some 9.0cm below the semicircular break line and near the central join that suggest that the back is starting to get thicker from this point to allow for the swell-flat change. Some similar gouge type marks on the treble side central back and numerous other abrasions suggest that the instrument has received an eventful life.

Back of scroll on the Pier Lorenzo Vangelisti Double Bass, Florence circa 1740What about the rest of the instrument?

Re The table; Once again full of character. The arching is refined and well balanced and there is in a nice strong, even-medium grain line visible. The F' are well cut, bold and beautifully flowing. The corners are distinctive. The varnish is of an attractive golden-brown in colour.

Re Ribs; A plain maple with a delicate horizontal flaming is the most subtle of matches for the front and back.

Re Scroll; Although the width of the peg-box cheek just below the scroll is on the narrow side the scroll is very nicely proportioned with lots of Italianate charm. The addition of extended loops carved at the button is a nice touch. The peg box is fitted with quality brass machines and plates.

Staneslau Anischenko playing the double bassHave any repairs been done?

All the old cracks and repairs have been washed out and redone. A new bass bar has been fitted and some of the edging thinned out. There is a new neck with fingerboard and although there isn't a post crack in the table the instrument now benefits from a "supportive patch". A set-up to the highest standard possible completes the presentation. Although not currently fitted a finger-extension (key-less) comes with the instrument.

What about the sound quality and how desirable is it?

As one would hope for from an 18th century Italian this instrument does produce the goods. There is a warm rounded sound of immense quality and colour and the good looks and player friendliness all combine well to make this a highly desirable orchestral instrument.

Tell you what. Why don't you have a little listen to this sound clip of Staneslau Anischenko playing the Vangelisti. Staneslau is joint solo bass with the Orchestra of the State Opera House, Stuttgart. 

Stats:

LOB (length of back) - 111.0cm (43.65in)
Width across upper bouts - 49.2cm (19.35in)
Width across middle bouts - 37.0cm (14.56in)
Width across lower bouts - 67.5cm (26.52in)
Depth of lower ribs inc both plates- 21.3cm (8.35in)
Body Stop - 61.0cm (24.0in)
String length - 105.5cm (41.5in)

SOLD.

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