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Belly of a single piece of pine, with two large f-shaped soundholes, the back of 10 pieces of sycamore with narrow band of ebony running across the width. Sides of sycamore, inlaid with two strips of ebony on each side. Back and front inlaid with purfling of two dark lines and one light line. Neck and scrolled head of sycamore. Fingerboard, mouldings at back of neck and nut all of ebony. Tailpiece of mahogany inlaid with two narrow decorative bands of stained green wood, ebony and boxwood, and with oval cartouche of urn and flowers, also in stained green wood and boxwood. Bridge of beech. Five strings (three gut, two overspun, one of these a modern replacement), held in the chrome-plated head by five chromed pegs with screw adjustments.

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    Stansfield, Edward
  • Collection:
    National Museums Liverpool
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  • Place of production:
    Liverpool (Timezone: Europe/London)
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  • Inscriptions:Stamp: "Stansfield, Liverpool" on the metal plate on the head, and "E. Stansfield, Liverpool, 1927" on the bridge.|"This bass made for Sir Hamilton Harty and the Halle Orchestra by Edward Stansfield, 1927", on oval silver plate mounted on ebony, on the back|"To my dear friend, James Parkinson Esq, I dedicate this instrument, E. Stansfield, 15 Granby St, Liverpool, 1927, No.1", inside the back in ink, with "Make a nice noise and a loud one, Eliz H. Stansfield", and "Just to wish the best of luck, Stella", both in pencil|Inscribed in ink on a label, "Good luck and an honourable life to this double bass, Hamilton Harty, March 1927", across seven parts of the double bass part from Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.|In pencil inside the belly "Made by E. Stansfield, 15 Granby St, Liverpool, 1927, an experimental 5 string bass, began Nov. 5th 1926, closed up March 29th 1927"
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  • Repository:National Museums Liverpool
  • Measurements:Total length 2045mm, length of belly 1200m, width of bouts 575mm, 407mm, 677mm, depth 270mm, string length from bridge to tailpiece 1330mm.