Stephanus FANTIS / 1551 [or 1571?]
Musée d’art et d’histoire
No. of Strings:
Fritz Ernst, Geneva, -1969
S. Mackey to TGM, 2/16; J. Deferne to TGM, 2/10; PT visit 10/78
On museum’s website (front [color]); [by PT: front (color)]
Tourin: New neck. Deferne: Arched back; modern fingerboard. Mackey: body seems the correct age for the label, though neck, pegbox, heel, top block, and bassbar are all replacements. F-holes not original, cut into belly patches; may have been inward-facing C-holes. Back is distorted along its length, probably because of the direction of cut in the wood; has a processional hole, now plugged, about one third from the top with scratches from the hook.