Antonio Mariani Bass Violin 7/8 Size, Violin-cornered, Flat-back Model Made in Pesaro, Italy c. 1680
Top table is a five-piece plate of slab-cut fir
Back table is a one-piece plate of slab-cut willow
Ribs of matching willow to that of the back table
Original scroll of poplar with an extra volute turn and a slightly figured maple neck graft
Individual brass Baker tuning gears mounted on brass plates
Varnish is deep reddish brown
This instrument is one of the finest examples of Mariani craftsmanship and is in an excellent state of preservation. This fine solo or orchestral bass produces a wonderful, full-rounded sound even in all registers with excellent projection.