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For Sale Upright 7/8 German Bass w/Lion scroll; late 19th century - $17500

Discussion in 'For Sale: Double Basses' started by Pete Hand, Nov 19, 2019.

  1. Pete Hand

    Pete Hand Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2004
    Missoula Montana
    Owned since 1971.

    It bears the label “Angie Liotta, New York 1936.” This seems to be a reference to one of Reggie Child’s bassists, Ange Liotta.

    Scroll: grafted original workmanship has a remarkable carved lion’s head figure. 43” Eb Neck; new Evah Pirazzi strings and Marvin cable tail-piece; includes original wooden tail-piece. Adjustable bridge. Varnish is amber-brown color. It is healthy and is well set up.

    From an examination documented by Hermann Bischoffberger (Seattle WA) in 1989: “In my opinion, made by the Saxon school around the 1900 period.” Fully carved with raised edges. Maple back, interrupted soft flames. Inlaid purfling figure on back below button. Top is Spruce, divisi med. wide grains.

    Measurements: body length 112.6cm; stop 65.6cm. Please see provided sketch with measurements noted.

    From an examination documented while being set up by Robertson & Sons Violins (Albuquerque, NM) in 2007: Description: the two-piece maple back is marked by prominent medium width figure ascending from the center joint. The ribs, neck and scroll are of similar maple. The two-piece spruce top has narrow width grain in the center, widening to the flanks.

    Measurements: Body length 45 1/2 inch; Upper bout 19 13/16 inch; Middle bout 14 7/16 inch; Lower bout 25 3/8 inch; String length 43 3/8 inch.










    Reggie Childs Orch Ange Liotta.JPG
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2019
  2. Keith Rawlings

    Keith Rawlings

    Aug 3, 2019
    She’s a beauty! Wish I could afford a beautiful instrument like that! Maybe someday...
    zootsaxes and james condino like this.
  3. Lex Warshawsky

    Lex Warshawsky

    Oct 27, 2020
    Wow, this is a beautiful instrument. Do you have any pizzicato recordings? Would you mind sending me something short?
  4. Pete Hand

    Pete Hand Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2004
    Missoula Montana
  5. Pete Hand

    Pete Hand Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2004
    Missoula Montana
    Attached is a 1 minute pizz wave file.

  6. Keith Rawlings

    Keith Rawlings

    Aug 3, 2019
    It sounds so good too! Amazing instrument!
  7. Pete Hand

    Pete Hand Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2004
    Missoula Montana
    It's an amazing instrument that I've treasured; thanks.
    Keith Rawlings likes this.
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