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Old 11-18-2013, 03:40 PM
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Ken Smith is on a distinguished road
Smile Ferdinand Hell, Vienna c.1830 (in restoration)(Magee)

Having just come in from Europe it had to settle after the first winter here. It will need a full internal restoration to make it ready for playing. Then the bass will get a KS/USA style set-up like all the other double basses in the racks in my showroom.

When it returns to the showroom, it will be ready for professional use.

Here are some pics (pre-restoration) and measurements of the Hell bass.

String Length; 41 1/8"
Top/Back Length; 41" top, 42 3/4" back
Upper Bout; 19"
Middle Bout; 14 1/2"
Lower Bout; 25 1/8"
Ribs; 7 3/4", 5 3/4" at neck
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