Bernard Simmon Fendt 1828
This 1828 Fendt came in with a collapsing top and a woodworker's worst nightmare -- cross grain strapping on the top plate of the bass. This restoration needed a full plaster cast plate pressing for the top, numerous breast patches, new bassbar, complete top plate re-edging. The neck of the bass was also misaligned way off to the bass side of the top, so a neck removal and reset was necessary. A cracked lower back brace needed to be replaced.
On this very historic and expensive double bass, I did not want to leave dark chalk marks around the bassbar. I utilized fluorescent chalk and a blacklight to fit the bassbar. Under normal light, fluorescent chalk is white.
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