78 Size Double Bass

7/8 Size Double Bass

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Description (Brief)

This Double Bass was made by Dante Gabute in Angelus City, Philippines, in 1990. It is a 7/8 size double bass, Testore model, made in the shop of Cremonasia, Inc. owned by Jacques Gagnon. The top ribs and back are all made of toona calantas also known as Philippine cedar. This wood grows in wet soil and has relatively wide grain in general. The interior blocks and linings are also made of calantas. The neck is made of a harder wood from the Philippines. This neck accommodates an ebony fingerboard and 4 individual brass tuners. These tuners were also made in the Philippines. This instrument is modeled after double basses made by Milanese luthier, Carlo Giuseppe Testore. Inside this instrument is a label:

Dante Gabute
Testore Model

This instrument was used by American jazz double bassist Raymond Matthews Brown (1926 – 2002), later in his career.

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Object Name
date made
Brown, Ray
place made
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
overall: 78 in x 25 3/4 in x 17 in; 198.12 cm x 65.405 cm x 43.18 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Cecelia Brown
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National Museum of American History
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