Extraordinary 1/2 size double bass attributed to the Testore family makers of Milan, Italy. An heirloom instrument, the age was ascribed to the first half of the 18th century. Coloration is identified with the makers: brown varnish over a yellow base. Originally a three string bass – three tuning gears are matching with the fourth distinctly different.

We were honored Duane Rosengard stopped by to inspect this instrument – he seemed to really like what he saw!!  Thank you Mr. Rosengard.

The long-time instrument owner who deeply values and enjoys her passion of performing,  is interested in finding a new owner who will love and treasure this piece of history well into the future.  Mike Asetta has maintained this instrument for the loving owner for more than a decade.  Please email or call Mike if you are interested in viewing this bass,

To honor this instrument, Mike he has built a new bass – an exact copy! Views of the sharp violin corners and linings are below, plus the purfling installation too.  The linings and back of the new instrument are constructed of aged, highly figured New England maple! Inquires and commissions welcome!

String length 94 cm 37 inches
Overall length 160 cm 63 inches
Length of back 96 cm 38 inches
Middle bout 31 cm 12 1/4 inches
Top bout 43 cm 17 inches
Bottom bout 56 cm 22 inches

Installing purfling in bass copy

corner internal view ribs clamped

Internal view of corner blocks with ribs clamped

testore corner

View of ribs and corner from external to instrument point of view