Ludwig Neuner, Mittenwald or England Double Bass circa 1860
When you look at this fine instrument you have to admit it looks very much like the early work of William Tarr. The outline is the same, the flat back without an upper break is the same and the arching is very, very similar. Next, just take a look at the four cog and worm ensembles for it is quite obvious that they are identical to the ones that Tarr used throughout his career. One can also easily imagine seeing the nicely carved scroll and muddy brown spirit varnish adorn a nice example of Tarr.
In the Universal Dictionary of Violin & Bow Makers by William Henley it is recorded that Ludwig Neuner ‘Worked for a few months in England’, while in another encyclopaedia it is recorded that ‘As a maker he was able to achieve good work, but he soon found that he could multiply his profit by dealing with the trade’, so the theory that Neuner collaborated on this instrument with Tarr, or that they formed an association in which Tarr imported some instruments and then finished them off is entirely plausible.
The instrument's Tarr-esque good looks, playability and sound are certain to fit in great in any section and if your budget doesn't quite stretch to current Tarr prices, then at around about half their price, this surely is the next best option.
Width at the upper bout 20.00in (50.6cm)
Width at the centre bout 14.00in (35.5cm)
Width at the lower bout 27.00in (68.5cm)
LOB 43.25in (110.0cm)
St length 40.65in (103.4cm)
Reference number #2657