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Old 11-04-2018, 04:26 PM
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Default Suggestions about age of old german wreck?


I was given a "wreck".
The previous owner had it for 35+ years and thought about fixing it himself but never got around to it. So he asked if I wanted it and of course I did.

Previous owner thought that the bass was a saxon bass.
From another forum, I was told that is was tyrolean "blockless wonder".
I googled "blockless wonder" and I think it looks pretty similar to those basses. It would be interesting to hear if somebody has the same opinion or another opinion. Also, is it possible to estimate when the bass was made just be looking at the images? I realise this is difficult but maybe somebody has run into a very similar bass at some point.

It's in horrible shape. Especially the top which has caved in...a lot. Very thin in some areas and bass bar is incredibly small or at least incredibly thin. Maybe half the thickness of the bass bar in my main instrument. There's a ton of really crappy "repairs". Worst one (and there are many bad ones) must be a rectangular patch in the middle of the top that somone seemed to think would stabilize it.

I sent a message to a double bass luthier who responded and said that the bass was probably made by an amateur and I should "Let the poor bass rest in peace". So I will probably not pay to have anything done to it.

But I'm still curious if anybody recognizes the shape/style or something like that. I'll try to attach some images

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