1880 Mittenwald Bass owned by Thomas Heritage
This was an interesting challenge. Mittenwald basses were mass-produced by hand in Germany for several decades. In order to make them more affordable, some construction techniques were used that, while fine on a new instrument, led to massive damage when the bass was inevitably dropped. This particular instrument had been repaired poorly several times and when Mr Heritage had a bag strap break suddenly, the poor bass landed on it’s head in a parking lot. This caused the top, ribs and neck all to suffer damage. While apart, the decision was made to correct all of the original construction shortcuts, resulting in a wonderful sounding and solid old bass. Here are a few of photos taken during the process.