Gasparo da Salo
1580 C ?
Gaspero da Salo / Brescia, 1521 [printed, except Gaspero, 1521]
No. of Strings:
National Music Museum
Laurence Witten, Southport, CT, 1968/9-1984; Leandro Bisiach, Milan
TGM visit 6/95
Herzog 2003, IT-04; Banks 1984, p. 20
On museum’s website (detached table and back, each from both sides [color]); Banks 1984, p. 21 (front, inside of back, label)
Disassembled when seen (ribs in 6 pieces), condition fragile. Dimensions approximate due to missing wood around perimeter of table. Pointed corners but sloping shoulders and flat back. Back and ribs of sycamore, except lower bout ribs of walnut (R. Nurse). Machine pegs for 19th-C. use as 3-stringed contrabass. Comparable in size and style to Dolmetsch Maggini violone. Date “before 1609” (Banks 1984); website lists as “attributed to” da Salo. Website dimensions: 97.2, 43.3?/30.4/58.5?, 19.9. - (stop length 51.0); Banks dimensions: 98, 42.5/-/45.5, 20, -; “bass”. Tourin: no dimensions, also classified as a bass.