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Mark Caudle

Testore Violone

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Does anyone have any information/photos/drawings about the 1696 Testore  violone/basse de violon in the Musee Lascaris in Nice because my UK lockdown project is to make an instrument based on this and I only have a photo of the front + some measurements. I have made the ribs and cut out the scroll etc but it would be interesting to see the back. I am quite excited to see what such an instrument with LOB 850mm will sound like! Probably tuned Bb F c g. 

Basse de violon | Carlo Giuseppe Testore

 

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1665-1738 CG Testore so the dates are ok. I don't really mind if it's a Testore or not.  I just see an instrument of the size of some of the pictures of instruments from Bologna at the time of GB Vitali etc.  And another similar size or a bit bigger in the Queen's collection that belonged to Dragonetti is set up like a small double bass but perhaps should rather be more like this.

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1 hour ago, Michael Darnton said:

What about taking an available cello outline and enlarging it? Otherwise, it seems like the museum would be your only possible source.

Thanks, and I have already done this for the head where the one in the photo doesn't look very attractive! I enlarged a Testore cello head proportionally. It's probably not a very historically convincing method but I enjoy the process and as I am mostly making this to use myself I am free to experiment. I will try to get some information from the museum in the future ( or go and have a look) but need to get on with making this now while I have the time and no concerts to play.

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Thanks Jacob and i followed the discussion about the Fichtl with great interest. I have an old instrument with a back length of 802mm so I do have something to go on with these large instruments. i am just very interested to try and see how an even bigger one works. i have seen that one of the French ensembles uses a very large 5 string as a basse de violon and wanted to try myself although as a 4 string.  Do you have any ideas what the museum one might be? 

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24 minutes ago, Mark Caudle said:

Do you have any ideas what the museum one might be? 

I'm afraid not. Did you write to the Museum, and ask how they arrived at the Testore Attribution?

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I'd love to see some photos of the process.. partly to see what comes out of starting with such a plainly awful image ;) 
How will you be arriving at the missing dimensions ie rib height, arching, thickness etc?
 

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Rib height is given among the dimensions on the MIMO page along with LOB and body widths and diapason. This allows other dimensions to be calculated approximately from the photo making allowances for perspective distortion. There is a clue given about the arching in that the front is described as slightly arched where the back is described as arched. The ribs are a massive 170mm in height. I have produced a surprisingly good image of the left f hole at actual size from the photo.

 

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