Giuseppe Zamberti, ca. 1930s

A 20th century Italian bass ca. 1930s, attributed to Giuseppe Zamberti (1893-1974 Vicenza, Italy). Spruce top, poplar ribs, beech back, and poplar scroll. constructed using an elegant design that incorporated beautifully sloping shoulders, this bass is amazingly fun to play yet, still has a huge, clear tonal center and rich deep sound. Consignment.

A pupil of Sgarabotto, Zamberti later established himself independently after 1918 in Piccoli, Vicenza. Medals awarded at Florence 1929, Padua 1930-1932, and Cremona 1937. Completed 67 violins, 6 violas, 12 cellos, and 4 double basses on Stradivari-derived model. This particular bass was acquired by the current owner in Florence, Italy from Giordano Giuseppe Guglielmi, Principle Bassist in the Florence Philharmonic and the Florence Opera Orchestra. Guglielmi recalls that he bought the bass directly from Zamberti in the early 1950’s. Zamberti had made the bass before World War II and then purchased the bass back from the original owner.

String length: 41.5″