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double bass

Object / Artefact › Applied Arts and Design
  • Description
    double bass, flat backed , three stringed (unusual feature) below a standard scroll, two pegs and mechanical worm screws on the right hand side of player to the left hand side one peg and one mechanical worm screw - sides joining are reinforced . End of fingerboard is shaped square to sides, possibly a new bridge with standard fret work. Standard tailpiece inlaid with mother of pearl ( a band at the top and a centre image) Tailpiece attached to end knob foot with brass band with multi stranded steel wire. Standard polished wood body and sound holes.

    The double bass is the deepest member of the violin family. It was developed in the 1500s from the violone, the double bass viol.

    Experiments with body size and the number of strings were made regularly in an attempt to simplify playing technique.

    This instrument shows the violin shape preferred by Italian makers and the three strings indicating the lack of standardisation in string numbers until relatively recently.

    It was played in Herr Julius Lemmers’ Nelson School of Music orchestra that had been established in the late 1900s and went until 1944. German-born Herr Lemmer was, for over forty-five years, the principal of the school before retiring in 1944.
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    15, 1998.60.12.1
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  • Accession date
    10 October 1998
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