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Bass Viol.

Technical description: Soundboard of spruce; ribs and back of cypress; neck, head and fingerboard walnut, veneered in fruitwood, with ebony, ivory and fruitwood purfling (all not original); pegs of boxwood; nut of ivory. C-holes. Rose by the bottom of the fingerboard 60.5 x 48mm oval shape, of wood and parchment, rose centre 192mm from the top. Arch over soundboard 27mm. Soundboard and back edged with ivory, ebony and fruitwood. Red-brown varnish. Barring inside the instrument on the back for the soundpost, lower bout and the fold. Back of 6 pieces - 2 central pieces and added pieces on the bouts. Neck 286 long; fingerboard 441.5 long, 52.8 wide at the nut, 81.7 wide at the bottom. Repair History: Restored by Andrew Dipper including a new neck, fingerboard, tailpiece and bridge. Label inside recording the repair glued to the bottom block.

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    Circa 1700
  • Maker:
    Matthias and Augustinus Kaiser
  • Collection:
    University of Edinburgh
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  • Hornbostel-Sachs classification:321.322-71
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  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:321.322-71
  • Repository:University of Edinburgh
  • Measurements:1180