Reviews

The “Ex Royal Artillery” Double Bass by John Frederick Lott Jnr. circa 1840 – Review

The “Ex Royal Artillery” Double Bass by John Frederick Lott Jnr. circa 1840 – Review

How would you describe this instrument? Truly magnificent would be a good start. Just truly magnificent. Anything else? This is without doubt an exceptional example of the work of John Fredrick Lott Jnr. who is recognised as one of the greatest - if not the greatest of all English makers. What is the instruments connection with the Royal Artillery? The instrument was formerly the property of the Royal Artillery and appears to have been in their ownership since 1858. How do you know that? The back of the peg box bears the brand R.A.BAND 3 1858. The back button bears...

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Bernard Millant French Style Double Bass Bow – Review

Bernard Millant French Style Double Bass Bow – Review

Wow - a double bass bow by the legend that is Bernard Millant. Yes indeed. It is a pretty rare occasion to find a Bernard Millant violin, viola or cello bow for sale - so to find a Bernard Millant double bass bow on the market is incredibly rare. Why don't they come up for sale very often? Well - its simply because the players who were fortunate enough to acquire one of the "limited" number that he made treasure their beauty and playing qualities so much that they just don't want to part with them. Any others that may...

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Gand & Bernadel Fres Double Bass Bow circa 1880 – Review

Gand & Bernadel Fres Double Bass Bow circa 1880 – Review

What does "Frères"- mean? "Frères" means bothers. In this instance it refers to the brothers Ernest Auguste Bernadel [1826-1899] and Gustave Adolphe Bernadel [1832 - 1904]. Their father was Auguste Sebastien Philippe Bernadel [1798 - 1870]. There is much written about this talented family of makers and their work is widely recognised for their fine modelling, supremely neat workmanship and their superb varnishes. Who does Gand refer to here? In this instance Gand refers to Charles Nicolas Eugéne Gand [1825 -1892]. Charles Nicholas Eugéne Gand was the son of Charles François Gand [1782 - 1845] who was known as "Gand...

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French Double Bass by Paul Claudot, Mirecourt circa 1850 – Review

French Double Bass by Paul Claudot, Mirecourt circa 1850 – Review

Would you say that in terms of French bass making Paul Claudot is a pretty big name? Yes indeed. Most bass players have heard of the name and recognise his position as being one of the better French bass makers. Would you say that this instrument is synonymous with his reputation? Yes it certainly is. Claudot made both viol shaped instruments and those on a violin outline. This particular instrument is one of the more sought after “ Grand Violin Modéles ” with a flat back and proportions so exact that when viewed from a distance it looks every bit...

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