We do have some tune books from the 1700s and 1800s that we can refer to.So it's likely that tunes played by someone in Colonial Virginia would sound somewhat different, perhaps much different, than that played by someone in Lancastershire, England, though reading from the same book.Springer’s violins had an aluminum body that was made from pressed sheet stock.The top, back and ribs were attached with very small rivet like pins that were flush with the sides. The “purfling” around the top and back was a fine detail tooled etching into the aluminum.We’ve been called “one of the most knowledgeable aluminum bass dorks in the country”, and take that as a compliment.The old Al Co A and Pfretzschner tanks from the 1930s and ’40s say it all; bombproof and cool as an old airstream.I have a National Geographic book, "In the Footsteps of Lewis and Clark," that shows a photo of a crude, handmade violin, claiming perhaps it was something like what Cruzatte played. Violins were common, so why make something that is so easy to buy? When the Romantic period came along, music became "bigger" – think Beethoven's 5th symphony.
Within a decade the means to electrically extract the pure metal generated large interest and widespread availability.Part of the fun of this business is learning some history. I like fiddle music, and have spent some time researching period tunes. Playford, a fellow back in the 1600s in England, put together a collection of dance tunes that were used well into the 1800s (and are still being used today).I am of the opinion that it is better to just get out and try something, rather than waiting until you have everything just perfect. But these written out tunes tend to be skeletons of the music -- the basic idea, with the understanding that the musicians would add in their own flourishes and improvisations.By 1898 records indicate that Merrill was broke and his company disbanded.In 1928, The Aluminum Company of America manufactured 50 aluminum double basses at their Buffalo, NY plant for Carl Fischer, who owned a musical supply house in New York.