Pietro Giacomo Rogeri Bass Violin Modified 3/4 Size, Gamba-shaped, Roundback Made in Brescia, Italy c. 1700
Labeled with the name of his father, Giovanni Baptista Roggeri
Top table is a six-piece plate of vertical grained spruce, ranging in grain from fine to medium
Back table is a two-piece plate of figured, slab-cut, white poplar
Ribs of matching poplar to that of the back table
Original scroll of poplar with a highly flamed maple neck graft
Individual brass tuning gears with two tuners to a cheek
Varnish is light brownish amber
This historic bass violin is the property of the family of the late Jazz pedagogue Percy Heath. It was set up for a modern school of steel string playing with a tension-compensating raised saddle and a Kolstein adjustable bass bridge. This fine bass is in the personal collection of the Kolstein Family. It is available for all to enjoy viewed and seeing when they visit the Kolstein Shop.
Overall body length: 43 1/16 in.
Width at the upper bout: 20 1/8 in.
Width at the center bout: 14 1/4 in.
Width at the lower bout: 24 5/8 in.
Mensure (string length): 41 in.
Here’s some video of Percy with his brothers:
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