5-String Double Bass, “The Red Baron” by Ferdinand Seitz, Mittenwald anno 1834
This is one of those magnificent instruments with the rounded or "Busetto" type lower corners in the style of Mathias Klotz (b-1653, d-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.
The basses made by Ferdinand Seitz are highly prized for their huge organ-like sound. This particular instrument has been nicknamed “The Red Baron” by our restorer because of the bright revarnish job done by another shop. The work could of course be redone more sympathetically at a later date.
As is, this is a great opportunity to purchase a big named instrument with a big and tonally awesome sound for much less than half the price of one with its original varnish.
LOB (length of back) - 119.3cm (47.00in)
Width across upper bouts - 55.5cm (21.85in)
Width across middle bouts - 39.5cm (15.55in)
Width across lower bouts - 76.5cm (30.15in)
Depth of lower ribs inc both plates - 22.9cm (9.00in)
Body Stop - 62.5cm (24.63in)
String length - 107.0cm (42.15in)