DHV:
1425
Tourin ID:

Size:

Bass

Label Text:

Place Made:

F, Paris

Maker:

François Eugène

Marchand

Date:

1904

E. Marchand / Paris, l’an 1904 [printed except 04]

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

CH, Geneva

Sound Holes:

C

Collection:

Conservatoire de musique

No. of Strings:

7

Catalog Number:

Head:

Female

Previous Owner:

Claude Viala, c. 1985 - c. 1992; Henri Honegger, before 1929 - c. 1985

Measurements:

Body Length:

71.3

String Length:

67.8

Rib Depth:

12.2

Upper Width:

33.8

Middle Width:

24.9

Bottom Width:

40

Information Source:

TGM visit 7/05

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Comments:

[By TGM: FB+S, head F+S, bridge, pegbox splice (color)]

2-piece table, 2-piece back, both with single purfling; 1-cm dark stripe along back center joint. Neck has somewhat rounded profile and is significantly narrower than pegbox, with a very clear graft line between them. Bridge (“A. Vidoudez Geneve”) has passage and grooves for 6 sympathetic strings; plugged holes in bottom rib for their tuning pins, and under neck for hitchpins. Large bass bar, corner blocks, and linings on perimeter and center joint of back; 4 crossbars in addition to soundpost plate. Used for premiere of Frank Martin’s Roméo et Juliette (1929), played by cellist Henri Honegger; bought from his estate by Claude Viala, who donated it to the Conservatory, of which he was then director; in possession of Prof. Philippe Mermoud since c. 1975.)