Posted by Dave Kaczorowski on October 28, 2001 at 15:56:34:
In Reply to: Re: This is new one to me! posted by MarkCarlsen on October 26, 2001 at 08:23:04:
According to things I've read, Francois is sort of on the right
track. The carved bassbar is a throwback to the gamba family
of instruments. When the violin family was invented in the late
1500's the carved bassbar was dispensed with and replaced with the
glued bassbar. The glued bass bar does a better job of supporting
the higher tension strings of the violin family and helps provide
more volume. For reasons I'm unaware of the carved bass bar (more
commonly called the integrated bass bar) was still used by some
makers for awhile though it's inferiority was known. I believe I read
an article in Bass World by Barrie Kolstein, and I also think _A New
History of the Doublebass_ by Paul Brun touches on the subject.
Judging by the description of the bass (wooden pegs, integrated bass bar),
I'd guess it's probably older than 60 years.
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