Italian Double Bass by Mario Bandini, Ravenna anno 1980
Bandini has named this instrument ‘Anabale’ on the label and with what must be obvious pride, branded it with his rising triplet MB brand just about everywhere. Externally this can be seen just below the back button and below the endpin unit, while internally it can be seen on both the top and bottom block and on all the four corner blocks. What makes the instrument look so spectacular is the type of figured-hardwood that it has been made from, which is called Anigre. During the 60, 70s and 80s there was quite a waiting list for an instrument from the UK makers such as Lant and Prentice, so many full-time students and young professionals travelled over to Italy and to Bandini in particular for their instruments. In Italy his instruments are still highly regarded and currently there are several in use by top professional players. The violin dictionary by Marlin Brinser records that he ‘Won medal at Begnacavallo for double bass’.
Like the Italian-stallion that this instrument is, the sound is well rounded with good depth and quality. A good evenness right across the four strings is also of benefit.
LOB (length of back) - 110.3cm (43.45in)
Width across upper bouts - 50.2cm (19.75in)
Width across middle bouts - 38.0cm (15.00in)
Width across lower bouts - 64.7cm (25.50in)
Depth of lower ribs inc both plates- 23.8cm (9.35in)
Body Stop - 61.3cm (24.15in)
String length - 106.5cm (41.85in)
Reference number #2701