Lorenzo Storioni (attributed)
Cremona Italy, c.1770
Orchestra size Cornerless Double Bass
ex-Bob Riccardi - Pennsylvania Ballet
|18th Century Italian Cornerless Double Bass|
|Upper Bout: 19 7/8"||Belly Length: 44"|
|Center Bout: 16 3/8"||String Length: 42"|
|Bottom Bout: 27"||Varnish: Dark Golden Brown|
|Rib Depth: 7 3/4" tapering to 5 3/4" at the Neck|
|Top: 6-piece Italian Fir of extremely fine grain|
|Back: Highly Flamed Maple|
|Ribs: Highly Figured Slab-Cut Burled Maple|
|Neck / Scroll: Maple with Flamed maple Neck Graft|
Features: This Bass is just about the warmest, thickest, dark sounding Organ-like Italian Bass I have ever heard. Even in its current condition (which it's been in for over 40 years) the sound carries from room to room sounding louder and deeper as you walk further away from where it is being played. Although this Orchestral sized Double Bass has a current string length of 44" (pre-restoration), it plays as easily as other Basses I own despite its longer length.
Note: Fully restored in by Arnold Schnitzer, AES Fine Instruments NY, 2010/2011. Now with chromatic C-extension
|This Bass had a mechanical Extension installed many years ago but old-school style where they cut into the Scroll. The Scroll was just fully restored and looks as original now. A chromatic/fingered Extension was added as well during the restoration without cutting into the head again. The beautiful detailed Italian 3-String Scroll is breathtaking to look at. Sometime in the 19th century it was converted to a 4-String Bass with these beautiful Gears.|
|This Bass is one of the most comfortable Basses to play and now reduced to 42" String Length.|
|The wide Purfling is totally handmade.|
|The F holes are beautifully 'hooked' into each 'eye' upper and lower.|
The distress of the Burled Maple adds to the Patina of this beautiful old Bass.
|This non-Ebony Tailpiece has been converted from 3 to 4-strings as well as the Scroll/pegbox|
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