Ken's Corner (Bass Forums Sponsored By KSB)

Go Back   Ken's Corner (Bass Forums Sponsored By KSB) > Double Basses > This Old Bass > Yankee and Vintage American Basses

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-22-2016, 04:42 PM
Ken Smith's Avatar
Ken Smith Ken Smith is offline
Bassist, Luthier & Admin
Join Date: 01-18-2007
Location: Perkasie, PA
Posts: 4,852
Ken Smith is on a distinguished road
Lightbulb August Gemunder, Springfield Ma. 1858

August Martin Ludwig Gemunder, Springfield Ma. 1858

String Length; 41.75"
Top; 44.5"
Back; 45" at the button
Upper Bout; 19.75"
Middle Bout; 13.5"
Lower Bout; 26.75"
Ribs (not including plates); 7.75"/Block, tapering to 6.25"/Neck.

Web Links;

August Martin Ludwig Gemunder, 1814-1895. Trained first with his father in Germany. Moved to Springfield Ma. in 1846 and then moved to New York in 1859. This bass came to me in an extremely distressed condition in early 2008. The old repairs were not what we would consider professional by today's standards in the least. All of the old repairs were removed along with all of the non-hide glue as well. Each grain fiber cleaned out from foreign glues till the bass was ready to be actually worked on. In short, the top was pressed back into its original shape, many wood inlay repairs were done to the top, back and ribs> The string length was shortened down to just under 42" and a new neck was grafted. The button was carved to match a known twin bass by Gemunder in the new England area to look original. Countless other creative repairs were done to put this beautiful instrument into its 'new' glory to last another few lifetimes.

I have seen many basses made by 19th century makers from New York to Maine. New Hampshire was the most famous place for basses in the 19th century by Prescott and his followers, as well as a few before him. This Gemunder bass looks to be of Italian-German design. Many of the makers settling in New England and New York came here from Europe, some with ancestry from England. Gemunder being a full German, did what the Germans did back in the day, Copy the Italians! To me, I see a Neapolitan influence here in the design. The sound, post-restoration is more Italian than anything German that I can recall. Pre-restoration in distressed condition, it was smooth and deep sounding but was in no condition to be tuned to pitch for more than a few minutes of testing at most.

So, here we have the re-born, saved from the Dead, a beautiful bass by August Germunder Snr. ready to serve in the ranks of any orchestra. Restored by Jed Kriegel, completed August 2016.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_2072.JPG
Views:	1019
Size:	428.6 KB
ID:	3341  Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_2070.JPG
Views:	1024
Size:	323.1 KB
ID:	3342  Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_2071.JPG
Views:	971
Size:	361.5 KB
ID:	3343  Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_2073.JPG
Views:	1006
Size:	1.07 MB
ID:	3344  
Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:37 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.2
Copyright ©2000 - 2024, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright © 2007 - Ken Smith Basses, LTD. (All Rights Reserved)