19th Century Tyrolean
(Pre-Restoration photos)

These nice old Basses from the Tirol are often considerd the 'Poor Man's Italian Bass


19th Century Tyrolean Double Bass c.1880
Upper Bout: 21" Belly Length: 43" (Back is 44 1/4" including Button)
Center Bout: 14 3/4" String Length: 42"
Bottom Bout: 25 1/2" Varnish: Golden Brown
Rib Depth: 8 1/2" (7" at Neck)
Top: Spruce
Back / Ribs: Tight Flamed Maple
Neck / Scroll: Beechwood

Features: This Bass was originally made without a Neck Block in the Tyrol Region that connects Northern Italy, Austria and Southern Germany. It was made from very nice wood and inlaid with Violin grade Purfling which combined is a notch or two above the infamous 'Blockless Wonders' we have seen and heard about. The Tone of this Bass is more that of an Old Italian Bass than anything German to my ear.

Currentlly in Restoration, which includes a Neck Graft, Neck Block, Top re-arching and full Rib and Back restorations as well.


These 19th century French Gears were fitted in the late 20th century and probably came off another old Bass


A common Purfled Design seen on many of the Old Tyrolean Basses

 

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