This wonderful double bass was made by one of the great Italian masters Ferdinando Gagliano. Ferdinando was the eldest son of Niccolo the 1st. Born in 1706 he worked all his life in Naples. His amazing output of beautiful instruments is mainly recognized for his violins, violas and cellos, but here you see from the photographs that he extended his range to also include really fine double basses. Like most makers of this period, Ferdinando used very fine wood for the making of his instruments and as can be clearly seen this instrument is no exception. The varnish is a beautiful golden yellowish brown and completely original. This bass has violin corners and a flat back. It is a really fine example of this makers work and sounds just as good as it looks. Ferdinando Gagliano died in Naples in the year 1784.