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★MICHEL ANGELLO BERGONZI( circa.1750 Venizia)
 

★DOMENICO BUSAN( circa.1750 Venizia)
Workedハ at Vincenza also at Venice.The basses are well made, with a modelled back. Excellent tone. Varnish is usually good red oil. Period 1740 to 1780. Made some four-string basses.(from "LOOKING AT THE DOUBLE BASS" by Raymond Elgar)

I bought this 4-string bass by the introduction of Mr.Yasunori Kawahara who is a principal bassist of the Cologne Radio Sympfony Orchestra. This bass is originally 3-string, so scars of the pin are left in the peg box. After I bought this bass, Mr.Nobuhiro Sonoda who is a violin maker of Tokyo (gold medalist of the Cremona violin maker competition) overhauled it. He repaired cracks of 2m in total, repaired cave of top table, adjusted neck angle, exchanged finger board which bent further, and so on. After the overhaul,it took four years until all was calm. For that time, the bridge was remade three times. Busan has wonderful tone of typical Italian old bass. Glossy, clearly, sweet sound like Amati, but lacks powerfulness slightly. This is my most favorite bass!!

Using strings...Pirastro Original flat chromesteel(solo)

Total length:   180.0cm
Body length:    116.0cm
Bouts(maximum): 67.0cm
Rib depth:     23.0cm
String length:   104.1cm

★GIUSEPPE SGARBI(1847)
Worked at Finale Emilia from 1841 to about 1890 also his son Antonio,Rom 1892 to workmanship.ハ The tone is frequently unsatisfactory being rather hard in sime areas. The necks require alteration is in their original state.(from "LOOKING AT THE DOUBLE BASS" by Raymond Elgar)

The scroll of this 4-string round back bass features a carved fine head of lion. I bought it from "World of Basses" in Reutlingen, Germany. String length is normal, but very easy to play because of its small size. In spite of the size, SGARBI has strong tone and rich volume. I use both of BUSAN and SGARBI properly in consideration of the concert program because SGARBI has a little rough sound when it is compared with BUZAN.

Using strings...Pirastro Original flat chromesteel(orchestra)

Total length:  180.0cm
Body length:  112.0cm
Bouts(maximum): 65.5cm
Rib depth:   18.5cm
String length: 104.5cm

★GIOVANNI MARIA DEL BUSSETTO(1660)

For 37 years, this large 5-string bass was used in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra by Mr.Rainer Zepperitz who is an ex-principal bassist of the BPO, and leader of the Berlin Philharmonic Octet. Flat back, sound holes are f-f hole. When he retired from the BPO, Mr.Ryuzo Ueno who is an instruments collector in Osaka bought this bass from him. And Mr.Ueno is lending it to me. BUSSETTO is an most excellent bass !! But this instrument is hard to use for solo playing because it is too large. So I usually play it in the Century Orchestra Osaka. Even now, Mr.Zepperitz visits Japan frequently for the Berlin Philharmonic Octet, Saito Kinen Orchestra...etc. When he hopes, I lend BUSSETTO to him. So, even if he doesn't bring his instrument from Berlin, he can play the BUSSETTO which he had before. He is using Pirastro flat chromesteel(solo), and then tuning them to orchestral pitch. I am always using Pirastro Eudoxa. So when I lend BUSSETTO to him, I must exchange strings... it is aハ little troublesome. Due to its long string length, when ordinary orchestra string(for example, Pirstro oridinal flat chromesteel) is used, the tension of string become strong too much, the body of the instrument is pressed, so sound gets bad!

Using strings...Pirastro Eudoxa(orchestra)

Total length: 197cm
Body length:     121cm
Bouts(maximum)  76cm
Rib depth:      24cm
String length:    112cm

★GIUSEPPE TARANTINO(circa.1850?)
The owner of this instrument is the Century Orchestra Osaka. Standard full size 4-string bass, bought from the Takasaki String instruments Co., Tokyo.ハ A little rough and cloudy, but very good core of the tone. When I play the TARANTINO, I feel more resistance in my right hand than other three basses.

Using strings...Pirastro Original flat chromesteel(orchestra)

Total length:    188cm
Body length:    118cm
Bouts(maximum): 65cm
Rib depth:     21cm
String length:   106cm
 



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