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Somewhat-pointless question-- "C"-holes on an upright bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by calypsocoral302, Aug 17, 2013.

  1. calypsocoral302

    calypsocoral302 Supporting Member

    Oct 29, 2010
    Central Pennsylvania
    Purely for the sake of curiosity, I am interested in knowing if anyone knows of any upright basses made, likely Baroque, that had "C"-shaped soundholes.

    I do know of several examples of upright basses that sport the "flamboyant" F-holes like those typically found on a Viola di Amore during this period (I think Pollman makes one, IIRC), but haven't found any with the "C"-shaped soundholes that were pretty typical for Gamba-family instruments at that time.

    Edit: For those who don't know what I'm talking about, here is a picture of a Bass Viola da Gamba (approximately the physical size and tonal range of a Cello) from luthier Wesley Brandt:
    Image courtesy of Wesley Brandt, Viol Maker
  2. benharrisfan


    Sep 27, 2009
    Almost all the baroque violones you'll come across will have f-holes. One example of c-holes on a violone in G I can think of is by Stainer, but I'm not sure about others (some Busch violones have a half and half c/f-hole combination). Christian Laborie made a baroque double bass with c-holes, but I assume it's not based on any historical model.
  3. Jeremy Darrow

    Jeremy Darrow

    Apr 6, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Genz-Benz Amplifiers, Fishman Transducers
  4. webelo


    Jun 7, 2011
    Douglas, MA
    I feel like I remember something from high school physics telling me it was because of standing waves/resonance. I could totally be wrong.

    Give a read here on some F-hole trivia.
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  6. calypsocoral302

    calypsocoral302 Supporting Member

    Oct 29, 2010
    Central Pennsylvania
    Interesting article. But it was mostly about the length and width of the holes, not their shape.

    Still an interesting read, though!

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