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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(20 photos)

Fendt first opening
Fendt first opening

Another luthier's improper method of repairing the top with cross-grain straps.

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Fendt - removing old bass bar
Fendt - removing old bass bar
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Fendt - removing old straps/bass bar
Fendt - removing old straps/bass bar
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Fendt - removing all old work
Fendt - removing all old work
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Fendt - installing breast patches
Fendt - installing breast patches
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Fendt - preparation for bass bar
Fendt - preparation for bass bar
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Fendt - fitting bass bar
Fendt - fitting bass bar

Using a blacklight and special fluorescent chalk to fit new bass bar without leaving colored chalk mark.

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Fendt - fitting bass bar
Fendt - fitting bass bar

Just prior to glueing bass bar.

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Fendt - glueing bass bar
Fendt - glueing bass bar
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Fendt - glueing bass bar
Fendt - glueing bass bar
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Fendt - replacing broken back brace
Fendt - replacing broken back brace
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Fendt - glueing new back brace
Fendt - glueing new back brace
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Fendt - closing bass top
Fendt - closing bass top
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Fendt - reinstalling neck
Fendt - reinstalling neck
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Fendt - finished restoration
Fendt - finished restoration

Showing new breast patches, new bass bar, and complete plate re-edging.

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Fendt - new bass bar side
Fendt - new bass bar side

That's a sexy bass bar

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Fendt - before neck reset
Fendt - before neck reset

Before I pulled and reset the, it was way out of alignment -- causing offset, tilted bridge.

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Fendt - after neck reset
Fendt - after neck reset

After resetting the neck and cutting a new bridge, neck and bridge are in perfect alignment, resulting in much better sound produced by the instrument.

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Fendt - completed restoration
Fendt - completed restoration

Beautiful da Salo shaped Bernard Simmon Fendt.

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Bernard Simmon Fendt - Label
Bernard Simmon Fendt - Label
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