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Cremonese Double Basses, Duane Rosengard, Editrice Turris, Cremona, 1992: Black-and-white photos (front & back).


Notes

"Their [the brothers Amati] viola da gamba of the year 1611 embodies diverse traits which became standard in the double bass maker's vocabulary during the late 17th and 18th centuries: the round back with bevel, the gently sloping shoulders, and the ribs which diminish from the endpin to the neck block (gi. 10-11). This form is actually a composite, in part derived from earlier viols and partly their own innovations, but in any case, quite original, well composed, and beautifully synthesized."
Cremonese Double Basses, Duane Rosengard, Editrice Turris, Cremona, 1992.
"The famous Karr-Koussevitzky double bass, once attributed to the Amati Brothers and built ca. 1611, was likely built by French luthiers in the late 1700s."
Correspondence with Henri Grissono-Mayer, September, 2005.

Provenance

Owner Owned From Owned In Owned Till Price paid
International Society of Bassists   2004       
Gary Karr   1962    2004   
Olga Koussevitsky  1951    1962   
Serge Koussevitsky       1951   
...         

Current owner Current owner
Indicates that the owner is or was also a musician Indicates that the owner is or was also a musician

Players

Name Played From Played In Played To
...       
Gary Karr   1962    2004 
Serge Koussevitsky       1951 
...       

Current player Current player
Indicates that the musician is or was also an owner of one or more instruments. Indicates that the musician is or was also an owner of one or more instruments

Certificates

Certificate: Henri D. Grissino-Mayer et. al., 2005. Dates the instrument to the late 1700s.

References

Cremonese Double Basses, Duane Rosengard, Editrice Turris, Cremona, 1992.

"Giving up the Ghost", The Strad, October, 2004, 2004.

http://www.bassically.net/featured_artists/gary_karr/index.cfm?fuseaction=biography

Correspondence with Henri Grissono-Mayer, September, 2005.