DHV:
581
Tourin ID:
LUZ 3

Size:

Bass

Label Text:

Place Made:

F, Lyon

Maker:

René

Imber

Date:

1707

Rene Imber a Lyon / 1707 [handwritten]

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

CH, Willisau (Canton Luzern)

Sound Holes:

C

Collection:

Musikinstrumentensammlung Willisau

No. of Strings:

7

Catalog Number:

3 (formerly 78)

Head:

Male

Previous Owner:

Richard-Wagner-Museum, Lucerne, 1943-2010; Henry Schuhmacher, Lucerne, and heirs (before 1903-1943); acquired in St. Gall

Measurements:

Body Length:

69

String Length:

70.5

Rib Depth:

13.4

Upper Width:

32.2

Middle Width:

24

Bottom Width:

39

Information Source:

Roosen 2001, pp. 39-41; PT visit 9/78

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Comments:

Roosen 2001, pp. 39-41; Vannes 1956, p. 17

Roosen 2001, pp. 42-43 (FB+S, head 3/4, part of label, neck heel; all color); König 1985, pp. 84, 86-87 (front, head FB+S)

Tourin: big C-holes, 5-piece table (plus wings on lower bouts) with single purfling; 2-piece back with none; neck narrowed and later re-widened; 9 holes (in 2 rows) in ebony tailpiece (probably not original); dimensions 69.0, 32.4/24.0/39.5, 13.9, 70-71. Roosen 2001 adds: bent-front construction; table purfling missing on lower bass bout. Central part of neck may be original; 2 nails through top block; small original bottom block. Crossbar at fold, wooden lining to back joint; linen linings to back perimeter and rib corners, parchment to table joints and some cracks. Bass bar not original; no frets. Tailpiece kept from cello conversion, with extra holes added. Much in need of restoration.