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Mittenwald Double Bass circa 1880

Mittenwald Double Bass circa 1880


This is a nicely presented viol shaped instrument from the later quarter of the twentieth century. Proportionally, it has slightly larger measurements than one would expect from an instrument of this type which we believe makes it ideal for use in a symphony orchestra. The plumb-red spirit varnish over a yellow ground is most typical of the Mittenwald school as is the viol-shaped model with its distinctive bulbous contours at the upper-block area (neck-rib join).

You will be pleased to know that we have fully upgraded the instrument to modern day concert standards. In brief, a new neck, fingerboard, bridge and post have all been fitted and the peg box has been upgraded with a stunning set of new English machines set on brass half plates. Internally, improvements have been made to the acoustics by means of judicious regraduation-work and the replacement of the original bass bar. As a result the instrument now sounds absolutely fantastic. There is plenty of volume, the tone is of considerable maturity and the new neck feels like a million dollars.

Should you be looking to enter into the orchestral profession on a sub-20K budget, then this instrument comes highly recommended.


LOB (length of back) - 111.0cm (43.70in)
Width across upper bouts - 51.8cm (20.46in)
Width across middle bouts - 35.7cm (14.10in)
Width across lower bouts - 66.9cm (26.40in)
Depth of lower ribs inc both plates- 21.9cm (8.65in)
Body Stop - 61.8cm (23.95in)
String length - 105.7cm (41.65in)

Reference number #2704