Jéróme Thibouville-Lamy Double Bass circa 1920
Due to the original excessive thickness of the table and the resultant “dead” sound, we reckon that this instrument has been little used since it was made. Consequently, it looks virtually the same as it did when it was made around 100 years ago. Yes, you read it right, it was made around a century ago. Really the crack-free condition and plumb-red varnish are quite mint. Of particular fascination on this typical Lamy viol-shaped model, is the glorious looking flaming on the back and ribs, for in actual fact this was hand-painted-on prior to the varnish work. The “simulated-flame” technique being used around this period to visually uplift somewhat plain materials.
With a whole host of upgrades that include a fully-regraduated table, a new bass bar, a new neck and fingerboard and a full set-up that includes a quality set of French-style cogs and an adjustable-bridge, this is most definitely a beautifully presented instrument.
The superb looks and superb sound will most definitely appeal to all you jazzers out there, and the price is way too cheap for this 1920’s piece of history.
LOB (length of back) - 114.2cm
Width across upper bouts - 55.7cm
Width across middle bouts - 38.5cm
Width across lower bouts - 68.3cm
String length - 106.4cm
Reference number #2389