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Re: Tyrolean Basses

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Posted by bean on January 11, 2002 at 23:11:15:

In Reply to: Re: Tyrolean Basses posted by Alexander North on January 11, 2002 at 17:12:14:

So my question is, how do I identify one? How do I make sure that this is leggit or should I just not worry about someone claiming that one is what it is?

: I believe the word Tyrolean simply refers to the 18'th/19'th century Austrian state (usually Vienna). I have seen and heard many good such instruments from the 19'th c which sound very good. I think they usually run in the 10 to $20k ballpark and are often comparable to better old German basses.

: : : What is the deal with Tyrolean basses? Is there a particular time when they were made and they were great? Is this the name of a maker or a style? Is there anything about these basses that I should know or should I avoid them?

: : I have just bought an old German bass from Berlin 1840's. It is basically the same thing as a Tyrolean bass...they were made of the same design and woods/same era and the approximation to Germany is very close. They are fabulous basses with a wonderful tone. Charlie Haden played one identical to mine until it was destroyed in an accident. The basses have a huge sound with a powerful low end and a sweet top. They usually do not have any labels inside. Great basses.

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