Reviews

5-String Double Bass, “The Red Baron” by Ferdinand Seitz, Mittenwald anno 1834 – Review

5-String Double Bass, “The Red Baron” by Ferdinand Seitz, Mittenwald anno 1834 – Review

How would you describe this instrument? This is one of those magnificent instruments with the rounded or "Busetto" type lower corners in the style of Mathias Klotz (1653-1743) that are quite awesome in every aspect. With a length of back (LOB) measurement of 119.3cm - this really is a true 5/4 size instrument. Is the string length big as well? No. Even though this instrument is not far short from being as big an instrument as one will find - it is still very playable due to the fact that The Contrabass Shoppe has fitted a stunning "slim-feel" neck that...

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5-String Double Bass by Thomas Davies, Birmingham anno 1874 No 3. – Review

5-String Double Bass by Thomas Davies, Birmingham anno 1874 No 3. – Review

What info do you have on T. Davies? Relatively little is known about the instrument maker T. Davies. In his "Dictionary of Violin and Bow Makers" (ISBN No. 0 9523081 0 X) Dennis.G. Plowright writes 'He was an amateur maker circa 1880. His violins and violas are quite well made, the wood faintly figured and the varnish red/brown. His instruments are labelled (No. 9 dated 1880) and branded T.DAVIES/BIRMINGHAM below the button.' Maybe Davies was an amateur - but if this instrument is representative of his work - it certainly isn't amateurish. Yes that's correct. The quality of making that...

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5-String Double Bass by William Forster (Royal Forster) circa 1795 – Review

5-String Double Bass by William Forster (Royal Forster) circa 1795 – Review

What a majestic looking instrument this is. Yes - majestic really is the right word to start a review of this beautiful instrument. Please explain. William Forster was honoured with the patronage of His Majesty King George 111 (b-1738, d-1820), his younger brother HRH Henry Frederick (b-1745, d-1790) the Duke of Cumberland & Strathearn and King George's first son HRH George Augustus Frederick (b-1762, d-1830) the Prince of Wales - who in 1820 - on the death of his father ascended the throne as King George IV. Is that why William Forster is often referred to as "Royal Forster"? Yes...

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George Craske Double Bass circa 1845 – Review

George Craske Double Bass circa 1845 – Review

Tell me about this instrument. This is an absolutely magnificent example of the work of George Craske. It is of violin outline and has a flat back with upper angle break. The front and back have an "affect" purfilling. The golden-brown varnish is the original. The instrument bears two repair labels on the inside back and a pen inscription on the bass side lower- rib. Unfortunately there is no maker's label or inscription present. So how can you be so sure that this instrument is made by George Craske? If you have interest or have studied the violin family of...

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