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any info on Nurnberg upright?

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by smallfry, Jan 30, 2005.

  1. smallfry


    Aug 30, 2004

    i have done a little research on my bass, but still don't know much about it. maybe someone has info or a link that can help.

    my upright is a blonde-ish plywood bass, with inlay on the back.

    inside, it says the following:

    Johann Otto Nurnberg
    hand reproduction of
    Antonius Stradivarius
    Cremona, 1721

    Made in 1939
    Made in Germany

    I bought it for $250 and had the headstock pinned and repaired.

    it was pretty dinged up ouround the edges, but works well and has a nice tone, and an interesting inlay on the back.

    I was just wondering if anyone knew about this. The gentleman who repaired it, suggested that it was probably factory made and that the name Johann Otto Nurnberg is fictitious or just the name of that particular line of basses and not a maker etc. He also said it was early for a plywood bass, and that perhaps the pre-war germans were testing out the new material on a multitude of designs (everything from musical insturments to pt boats, etc).

    any info would be appreciated.
  2. yesdot


    Mar 8, 2004
    Sydney Australia
  3. smallfry


    Aug 30, 2004
    wow! thankyou for the link.