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Discussion in 'For Sale: Double Basses' started by bassman28, Nov 9, 2017.
What a gorgeous looking bass. Would you know how old it is?
from carson street in pittsburgh, hmm
was there an answer for how old it is?
The wood looks like its from the 1800s but I thought "Made in..." labels came a little after that, maybe not.
Wish you weren't so far away how I love to hear it!! Good luck with the sale.
It’s not 1800s. The Tariff Act of 1930 required all imports to be clearly labeled in English specifying country of origin. This is consistent with the bass’ other distinguishing characteristics.
This is a shop bass made between the wars. The Amati label is a misnomer like the Strad label in most every shop fiddle made in modern times.
I was reading that the McKinley tariff in 1890 first required country of origin for all US imports. In 1914 it was amended to include the words "made in". Other importing nations may have influenced country of origin labeling earlier, and some makers could have included origin labeling before it was enacted in the States.
To me the German production violins with Copy of Amati (or Guarnari) labels sound superior to the Strads. Cool to hear of a bass bearing one of these labels, Amati being my favorite.
Looks like a very fine instrument. In what capacity were you playing the instrument?
Can you tell us the string length and whether it has a D or Eb neck? Thanks!
The gamba shape of this bass looks a lot like the Otto Rubner bass another TB user has for sale currently (not saying it's a Rubner.. may well be a coincidence).
Could be. The maker’s name has become a brand, so these days a “Roth” could be any damn thing and so could a “Rubner.”
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