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Old 09-12-2017, 06:10 PM
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Hi all

I bought this one 10 years ago and was told it is a Czech from the late 19th century, of course it's a shop bass

I had some work done on it, the only thing major was a new neck, since the old one wasn't providing the right angle for the size of bridge needed (new and taller bridge installed now, much better sound).....

the bass was supposed to have been decades unplayed sitting at a studio here in Buenos Aires, with the neck cracked before the previous owner restored it......many cracks on the top and back, they seem to hold up just fine

there is a label inside, but I can't seem to make anything of the washed out text....it seems that the text is inverted, somehow, but no clue as to what it says, really.....attaching a few pics of it

if you need measurements let me know...thanks in advance!!!
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Old 09-12-2017, 06:16 PM
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Old 09-12-2017, 06:20 PM
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Old 09-12-2017, 09:59 PM
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Early 20th century Saxon/Bohemian bass. Czech basses are usually Flatback and without the outer linings. Also, the neck button looks more German than Czech but made near the border I think.
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Old 09-12-2017, 10:01 PM
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sorry, forgot to rotate them, please feel free to twist your monitor/phone/tablet/head and my apologies for any headaches I might facilitate
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Early 20th century Saxon/Bohemian bass. Czech basses are usually Flatback and without the outer linings. Also, the neck button looks more German than Czech but made near the border I think.
thanks!, and wow!, that was quick indeed.....the year 1897 was passed along when I purchased it, but I don't know what to make of the label.....would you say, dear Mr. Smith, that late 1800s might be a possibility considering what you can see?

that label is pretty mind boggling, I'm thinking czech cyrillic, ideas?

also, and I know you're good, so that's why I ask.....what do you make of the restoration/repair work (if anything)?

thanks again!
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Old 09-13-2017, 09:29 AM
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From your pics I see a lot of repairs but I don't have the bass here to say more. The condition is fairly good for a bass the age I estimated. Basses are big and break easily. I think my estimation is correct. +/- 20 years. Who knows for sure without a witness that was there or an exact label and date that is confirmed but seeing other exact basses and dates. Hard to say.

Being a round back, I think it is a nice bass. Enjoy it.
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Old 09-13-2017, 02:38 PM
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From your pics I see a lot of repairs but I don't have the bass here to say more. The condition is fairly good for a bass the age I estimated. Basses are bog and break easily. I think my estimation is correct. +/- 20 years. Who knows for sure without a witness that was there or an exact label and date that is confirmed but seeing other exact basses and dates. Hard to say.

Being a round back, I think it is a nice bass. Enjoy it.
enjoying it for years now, great sounding bass, very good all around......I will start looking into the language/alphabet the washed out label is written onto, maybe I can take a name out of it, hopefully a year......the fact that it's so hard to read suggests me that the label is as old as the bass is, but maybe that's just wishful thinking

on the neck button it says "Belegni", but I'm guessing that's the name of the luthier who did the restoration here in Buenos Aires, Argentina, many decades ago.....we have tons of Italian sur-names in this city, about 30/40% of the population have Italian ancestors

I'm all ears if anyone else wants to jump in and take a guess, thanks!
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Old 09-13-2017, 11:59 PM
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I'm all ears if anyone else wants to jump in and take a guess, thanks!

Take a Guess? Do you want an educated opinion or a guessing contest?

That only works if you know the answer. Right? .. lol
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Old 09-14-2017, 11:27 AM
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Take a Guess? Do you want an educated opinion or a guessing contest?

That only works if you know the answer. Right? .. lol
just a figure of speech.....but I'm ok with guesses too
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