Double Bass by Otto Rubner, Markneukirchen anno 1966
The original label that is affixed inside this well constructed viol shaped instrument informs us that the Rubner firm of bass & cello makers was founded in Markneukirchen in 1885. According to violin dictionaries, Otto Rubner died in 1963 but fail to inform us whether the family tradition of making was continued by the next generation or whether the instrument side of the business was sold on to another manufacturing company. What we do know is that in addition to the manufacturer of instruments Josef Rubner (b-1864, d-1927) the founder of member of the business opened the very first “machine-centre” for the production of metal tuning machines and parts for musical instruments in Markneukirchen. Indeed, it is this side of the company which still operates today under Hans-Thomas Rubner, a 5th generation descendent of the Rubner family.
The instrument itself features a swell back, nicely raked shoulders, outside linings, well matched wood with a light flaming and a pleasant light-golden brown spirit varnish. Just below the back button the Rubner signature-brand can be seen.
In terms of sound the instrument responds quickly to the bow and there is plenty of volume, clarity and projection.
If you are currently doing the audition circuit then this well-made, robust instrument could be just what you need in order to get that coveted position.
LOB (length of back) - 114.3cm
Width across upper bouts - 52.0cm
Width across middle bouts - 40.3cm
Width across lower bouts - 69.7cm
Depth of lower ribs inc both plates - 22.8cm
Body Stop - 60.0cm
String length - 105.4cm
Reference number #2830