Samuel Gilkes / fecit London 1815
D, Burghausen an der Salzach,
Waecher, Dr. Franz
No. of Strings:
Konrad Ruhland, -late 1980s; Munich Stadtmuseum (MUS-58-12)
T. Fristzsch to TGM, 12/14 and 2-3/15; A. Varsányi to TGM, 1/13; PT visit 9/78
[Unpublished, from T. Fritzsch 3/15: F, back body only, bass C-hole, label partial, head FB+S, neck heel, hookbar, measurement details (color); also 12/14: 3/4 (color), from owner to T. Fritzsch via H. Münzberg)]
Rosette, tailgut (not original?), overhanging edges; Tourin: “looks German”. A. Varsányi to TGM, 1/13: “Das Instrument wurde 1987 nach London getauscht!” (but subsequent inquiries in 2014 by T. Fritzsch revealed this to be not true). In 1978 had 7 strings, but 2014 photo shows only 6. Per H. Münzberg (via T. Friszsch), table, back, ribs, and pegbox belong together; pegs, fingerboard, bridge, tailpiece, and top block are new; has been significantly cut down (ribs as well as table and back), and the soundholes repositioned. Fritzsch: original shape of soundholes can’t be determined, due to new wood; pegbox and head may be older than body (different varnish); neck appears cello-like and modern. Measurements from photos showing meter ruler; body length taken on back, widths on front (back = 31.6/23.0/39.1).