The Ex-Dragonetti, Italian Double Bass by Gennaro Gagliano, Naples circa 1764
The ownership of this rare and exceptional instrument can be traced right back to Domenico Dragonetti, the legendary mid-18th to mid-19th century double bass virtuoso who bought it over to the UK directly from Italy. Over the past quarter of a millennium the instrument has been played, and coveted by a string of eminent players, nearly all of whom have been principal players of some of the UK's greatest orchestras. In addition, the provenance of the instrument is well documented in no less than two of the pioneering publications about the double bass by Raymond Elgar and more recently a dendrochronology report provides a conclusive date match to the making career of Gennaro Gagliano.
In terms of sound and playability, bass playing really doesn’t get much more pleasurable than this.
Stats:LOB (length of back) - 114.5cm (45.00in)
Width across upper bouts - 54.0cm (21.25in)
Width across middle bouts - 41.7cm (16.45in)
Width across lower bouts - 64.7cm (24.48in)
Depth of lower ribs inc both plates - 24.2cm (9.50in)
Body Stop - 62.4cm (24.50in)
String length - 106.6cm (42.00in)
Reference number #2900