Old Tirol Bass

Tirol, c.1800

labeled "Joseph Dalaglio ~ Mantua, 1823"

Tirol front Tirol right side Tirol left side Tirol back

Early Tirol Flatback Orchestral Bass ~ circa 1800 
Upper Bout: 20 3/4" (20 1/2" across the Back) Body Length: 43 1/4" (Back: 44 1/8")
Center Bout: 14 1/2" (14" across the Back) String Length: 41 3/8"
Bottom Bout: 26 1/4" (26" across the Back) Varnish: Chestnut Brown
Rib Depth: 8 1/4" (6 1/2" at the Neck), *add about 1/2" to include the Top & Back
Top: 2 piece wavy grained Spruce
Back: 2 piece plain flatsawn Maple
Ribs: plain flatsawn Maple
Neck / Scroll: plain grained Maple with figured Maple Neck Graft

Features: This bass has workmanship that resembles both the Italian and German schools. A true product of the Tirol that shows the influence of the Italians on the German & Austrian schools and vice versa. This bass is most likely made by a Luthier whom also made Lutes and Guitars. The work is very individual, and the inner linings touching the Back are done with guitar kerfing. The linings touching the Top inside, are the regular violin type, but may not be the original linings regardless of them being old already. The corner blocks are old and look original. They are small and rounded towards the inside of the bass. The neck block is fairly big inside but looks maybe half the age of the bass. The lower block at the tailpiece was recently replaced from the looks.

Note: This bass was restored in 2011 by Arnold Schnitzer. Some of the previous work that was solid internally was left intact. Sometime in the past, an Italian label was inserted into the bass. The lable does not match the bass in our opinion. ..This Bass has been Sold.

This is a nice Tirol scroll showing individual hand work as well as some Italian flavor. The Volutes are also uneven between the left and right sides.

Looking from the sides, the huge arch in the Top shows this maker was influenced by the Stainer school or at least where the Top is concerned.


Although the F-holes are placed rather upright in position, the lower circles are quite large for the German school and favoring more of an Austrian flavor. The Fs are placed unevenly as well. A true sign of an old handmade bass.

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