'Printed and Hand Written Label'
Andreas Morelli
Early 20th Century (ca.1900-1920)
Markneukirchen, Germany

 Made in the Shop or Associated Shops of Karl Herrmann

After seeing some other trade basses, we found that the same US distributer sold instruments under the names of G.A. Pfretzschner, Andreas Morelli and Jacobus Hornsteiner. All names that were made up for trading instruments and not real living people. The artwork for all 3 brands were on the same basic label. I have owned Basses by one of each recently.

"Label Printed and Handwritten"

Artist Deluxe Model (hand written script)
Andreas  Morelli (printed in script)
 Handmade   Reproduction (printed in script)
  Antonio Stradivarius (hand written script)

Trade Mark Registered

7/8 Orchestral German Bass w/Fingered Ext. 
Upper Bout: 20 3/4" Belly Length: 44 1/4"  
Center Bout: 15" String Length: 42 3/8"  
Bottom Bout: 26 7/8" Varnish: Golden Brown
Rib Depth:  8"  (Upper Bout tapers from 8" to 6 1/4")
Top: 2-piece fine grained German Spruce, Quarter Sawn
Back: 2-piece Medium Figured German Maple
Ribs: Low Figured German Maple
Neck / Scroll: Medium Figured German Maple  w/ Ebony Fingered 'C' Extension and Krutz Gears
 Features: This nicely wooded 7/8 Bass has just been fully restored by Arnold Schnitzer (AES), NY. The Neck Block area was also slightly reduced to shorten the string length. An Ebony Fingered Low 'C' Extension was also added during the restoration.  A new Bass Bar, Bottom Block, Neck Block, and  re-graduation of both the Top and Back were among some of the major jobs performed to attain the maximum tonal and playability of this old Bass. It also has a Graphite Bar inlaid in the Neck under the Fingerboard. This Bass has been Sold.

Click here to see this Bass prior to it's Restoration

Beautiful etched early 20th Century German Plates recently re-polished and lacquered. New Krutz Gears were just added as well to make this a top notch working Bass. An Ebony Fingered Extension was also added during the recent Restoration.

Beautiful attention to detail in the Button.

Pfretzschner Trademark Purfling Loop. Also note the beautiful Ebony trim on either side of the Neck Heel/ Block-cut.

This fully restored 7/8 Gamba style German Bass with great orchestral dimensions has a huge mature tone.


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