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Technical description: Soundboard of spruce; back, ribs head and neck of sycamore; pegs, fingerboard, tailpiece, tail-gut protector, endpin of ebony. Soundboard of a very close-grained spruce, ebony/sycamore/ebony purfling, purfling trench not perfectly cut, and the purfling has broken in a number of places as it was being put in, plugged hole at the top of soundboard for attaching to upper block. Arch over soundboard 14mm. Fine quality brown coloured varnish. Some varnish has been worn off where the player rests his chin against the soundboard, otherwise in good condition. Ribs and one piece back have a birds-eye effect grain pattern. Lowest rib goes around all of the lower bouts. Clamping holes on the back at the top and bottom, filled with an ebony plug, both placed off centre towards the treble side. Back arch 11mm. Neck and head of a single piece of figured (flamed) sycamore. Neck length 132; fingerboard 267 long, 21.1 wide at the nut, 47.0 wide at the bottom.

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    Late 18th Century
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    University of Edinburgh
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    Aberdeen/Aberdeen City/Scotland
  • Hornbostel-Sachs classification:321.322-71
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  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:321.322-71
  • Repository:University of Edinburgh
  • Measurements:589