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E.M. Pollmann, Mittenwald

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  • - January 27

This Pollmann double bass is as nice on the inside as it is on the outside.  Nice linings, blocks, wood choice, etc.

A mild bump on the ribs and a crack shot along a winter grain.  A few shops offered different opinions on how to repair it, from opening just a bout and prying the top open enough to get a clamp in there to drilling holes through the ribs to affix cleats with piano wire.  We cannot imagine telling a customer that we suggest drilling holes in basses to fix cracks!!!

Top off…this is the only way to do it right.  Does it cost more?  Sure…to do things the right way it normally does. This bass is worth the extra attention.  Our shop charges a flat rate for the top off.  This flat rate allows us the freedom to take care of any doubling or cracks that may be needed without calling the customer to let them know things will cost more money than originally quoted.

Portions of the top had come open before…and it looks like Gorilla glue was the adhesive of choice.  It was also apparent that ill fitting sound posts that were way too tight had been living inside for some time.  Some hot water allowed for a bit of swelling to puff them back out…but inevitably the bass will need a sound post patch in the future.

Spruce diamond cleats were decided upon as the strength to weight ratio is superb and the stability of the crack once glued was strong.  Had the rib undergone more significant damage, a larger Maple patch would have been employed.