Reviews

5-String Double Bass by Neuner & Hornsteiner, Mittenwald anno 1877 – Review

5-String Double Bass by Neuner & Hornsteiner, Mittenwald anno 1877 – Review

We are looking for a good 5-string instrument but there doesn't seem to be many available on the market - can you tell me why? Yes - there really aren't that many good five string instruments about simply because there aren't that many instruments available that have the correct proportions and structural integrity to be able to handle the fifth string and those lower notes. It's just no good whacking a five-string neck on to a standard sized 4/4 size instrument and expect it to produce the goods. What would make the ideal 5-string instrument then? How about this magnificent...

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Cremona School Double Bass by István Kónya, Hungary anno 1983 – Review

Cremona School Double Bass by István Kónya, Hungary anno 1983 – Review

What is the Cremona School? The Violin Making International School of Cremona was founded on 21st September 1938 The aims were (and still are today) to create a centre of excellence that followed and interpreted the genius of Stradivarius, Amati and Guarneri - in other words the Classical Cremonese makers. The violin making courses last five years. At the end of the first three years the 'Violin craftsman' Certificate is issued. After two more years the final 'Violin -maker' diploma is obtained. Since its foundation - now 67 years ago - the school has helped produce makers of an extremely...

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Double Bass by Louis Lowendall, Berlin circa 1890 – Review

Double Bass by Louis Lowendall, Berlin circa 1890 – Review

Tell me about Louis Lowendall. The well researched double volume Deutsche Bogenmacher by Klaus Grünke, C. Hans-Karl Schmidt and Wolfgang Zunterer published by Eigenverlag der Autoren in 2000 (ISBN 3-00-005839-7) stipulates Louis Lowendall's dates as b-1842, d-1918 and records that his family name was Löwenthal. It also records that in 1866 he opened a company in Dresden to manufacturer musical instruments called the ‘Lowendall Star Works’ which he moved to Berlin in 1889. What else does the Deutchche Bogenmacher have to say? Obviously being an encyclopaedia on the bow makers of Germany it focuses on bow production rather than on...

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Double Bass by Julius Heinrich Zimmermann, London circa 1895 – Review

Double Bass by Julius Heinrich Zimmermann, London circa 1895 – Review

How do you know that this double bass was made by Julius Heinrich Zimmerman? The instrument bears its original label on the inside bass-side back. The small printed label reads 'Jul. Heinr. Zimmermann, 67 New Bond Street, London W'. Can you describe the instrument to me please? This is a viol shaped instrument with a swell two-piece back. The back, ribs and scroll are moderately flamed. The table is made from spruce of a fine straight grain that broadens to a medium-wide grain at the flanks. The ribs feature outside linings. The peg-box is fitted with four cogs that are...

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