Leonhard Maussiell Lautten und Geigenmacher in Nürnberg 174?
No. of Strings:
Loni Patt, -1993; Prof. Walter Kunz, Innsbruck
P. Kilga to TGM, 8/2016; Vázquez 1986
Mitteilungen Nr. 84 (2014), p. 1 (head 3/4); Vázquez 1986 (front); [Unpublished, from owner 8/16: FB+S, head 3/4 (color)]; 8/16: FBSS, head FB+S (color)]
Vázquez 1986 (Lobet ihn)
Originally had 5 strings, later converted to 6 but without changing the neck, which is therefore too narrow for comfortable playing. New fingerboard, tailpiece, and bridge by D. Kessler c. 1980, when former owner Loni Patt (sister-in-law of current owner) was working there; she bought it when a student at Geigenbauschule Mittenwald, from her elderly viol teacher in Innsbruck; already reconverted to 6 strings by then. Vázquez 1986 gave date as 1780; owner says (2016) last digit of label date illegible; third digit could be either 4 or 1, but definitely not 8. Martius to TGM, 10/11: date more likely in 1710s, since no other Nuremberg bass viols date from 1740s. Very similar to Maussiell bass in Munich Deutsches Museum, based on photos, measurements, and original setup for 5 strings; pegbox and lion head plausibly original to body.