Hanns Vogel zu Nürnberg 1563 [handwritten, on parchment]
No. of Strings:
Sebalduskirche, Nuremberg? -1859
Martius 1999, p. 44; Martius & Moens 1988; PT visits 6/77 & 9/78
Segerman 200, pp. 24-24; Klein 2003, p. 295; Martius 1999, p. 44; Huber 1989, p. 79; Moens 1989, pp. 44-45; Martius & Moens 1988; Moens 1986, p. 34; van der Meer 3/1982, p. 9
On museum’s website (FB+S, head side [color]); Moens 1989, p. 45 (front 7/8); Martius & Moens 1988, pp. 15-18 (front); Moens 1987, p. 350 (front 3/4); Heyde 1986, pl. 38a (front 7/8); König 1985, p. 66 (front); Slatford 1984, 1:592 (front 3/4); van der Meer 1983, p. 52 (F+S); Slatford 1980, 5:578
Overall square body shape with pointed corners, one dimple each in upper and lower bouts, left and right (likely not original); overhanging edges. Four-piece table with double purfling and glued-in bass bar (not original?); five-piece back, arched. Moens 1989: “the neck, belly, ribs and back do not belong together...parts of the body are...parts of one or more bass violins,” though belly is 16th-century [confirmed by dendrochonology]. Table and back do not match in arching or varnish. Fingerboard and neck foot have been narrowed. Martius & Moens 1988: originally a da braccio-family contrabass. Moens 1987: composite of old and new parts; assembled in early 19th C.? Moens 1986: neck and pebox don’t belong to body; body shows traces of changed outline; back probably newer than table and ribs. Martius 1999: Dendrochronology gives date of 1546 for youngest growth ring on table (also in Klein 2003). Drawings by Pierre Jacquier (1976) available from museum.