DHV:
324
Tourin ID:
GRUN 2

Size:

Bass

Place Made:

Maker:

CZ

Prague

Karla

Rotta ?

Date:

1863 ?

Label Text:

Koupeno od. Karla Rotta v Praze r 1863 (W. Grunsky); Koupeno (?) / od. Karla Rotto / v. Praxen 1863 (M. Grunsky)

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

CDN

Halifax, NS

No. of Strings:

6

Collection:

Private Collection

Sound Holes:

C

Catalog Number:

Head:

Lion

Private Owner:

Yes

Previous Owner:

(Mrs.) Wolfgang Grunsky, Toronto-Rexdale, Ontario; bought in 1941 from Hamma, Stuttgart

Measurements:

Body Length:

69.9

String Length:

64.8

Rib Depth:

14.0

Upper Width:

22.4

Middle Width:

24.8

Bottom Width:

40.0

Information

Source:

Owner to G. Lyman 1/64

Literature:

Photographs:

[Unpublished, from M. Grunsky 2/10: FB+S, head 3/4 (color)]

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

Black-and-tan edging on both table and back; tailgut and endpin. Ribs appear quite deep and are only slightly shallower at neck, with no clear fold line; neck seems short, with only 6 frets in photos, perhaps because not enough length for a 7th. Small cutout at end of (long) fingerboard, and tailpiece’s upper end slightly diagonal with incurving sides. Label translates as “Bought from Karl Rott” = Franz Karl Rott / Frantisek Karel Rott, maker of musical instruments in Prague who d. 1917; his father, Augustine Henry Rott, founded a company to make brass instruments in 1839; more likely a repair or retail ID than the original maker.