Gasparo Bertolotti 'da Salò', Brescia, c. 1590

Bass: 75248

Possibly original label: "Gasparo da Salo, in Brescia."

Late 16th century. Violin corners.

Back: Flat with angled top; in three main pieces.

Top: Double purfled with fleur de lys decorations in the lower and upper bouts.


This bass is thought to have had only three owners in its long life. The earliest was Neustift Abbey in South Tyrol, Northern Italy until it was sold in 1970. In 2012 it was bought by anonymous Australian benefactors who have generously made it available to our Principal Double Bassist Maxime Bibeau to play.

Australian Chamber Orchestra: our new double bass


until 1970 Stift Neustift bei Brixen
1970 - 2012 Gunter Klaus
from 2012 Current owner

Known players

Maxime Bibeau (ACO)

Certificates & Documents

  • Dendrochronology report: John C. Topham, Surrey (2012) Dating the youngest tree ring to 1507
  • Certificate: John & Arthur Beare, London (1972)

Cozio holds copies of many certificates and other documents, some of which are available to view on request. Please contact us if you wish to view a particular document. (Note that we do not always have permission to share documents.)


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