This Zoom lecture on bassbars was organised by the Rowan Armour Brown Memorial Trust for a group of violinmaking students in the UK, recorded on the 1st of May 2021. The Trust has been supporting student violinmakers, restorers and bow makers since 1999. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this Zoom lecture will be donated to the Trust. Please visit for more information.

My Teacher

When Charles Beare returned from working with Simone F Sacconi in New York in the early 1960s, he taught Reiner Schumann Sacconi's method of positioning and shaping a bassbar. Reiner showed Charles his bassbar shapes for approval for 2 years.

Reiner was known for his excellence in bassbar, neckgraft and set-up work - his reputation was that instruments set up by him didn't need any further adjustments.

Reiner taught me this same method of positioning and shaping a bassbar and I am glad to say he approved of this PowerPoint presentation. I'm relieved the 17 years of self-employment have not distorted my memory of the bassbar shape he taught me!

This Zoom lecture totals 1 hour and 6 minutes

Apart from the edited video of the Zoom lecture, you will also gain unlimited access to the PowerPoint Presentation in PDF format comprising of 32 slides.

The video and PDF file are not downloadable.

Bassbar fitting from A to B

  1. Positioning
  2. Preparation
  3. Fitting
  4. Gluing
  5. Shaping

Plus a couple of slides on bridges and soundposts.

"Meticulous instruction given by Iris on location, placement, fitting and shaping of a violin bassbar. With a nod to the Greats, Sacconi and Charles Beare, we are drawn into the precision needed for this tricky job. Informative throughout, it challenges us to work to the best of our ability."

Judith Blackwell

RAB Trust Founder

"If you’ve ever been uncertain about the technique of bassbar fitting, Iris will set you right. With her customary precision, she takes us through establishing the position, choosing the wood, fitting and shaping, taking into account any problems thrown up by dealing with a non-standard instrument. Iris's no-nonsense method really works. There is also information about bridge fitting including choice of wood and cut, and soundpost fitting. This video will be invaluable for all."

Helen Michetschläger

Chair, RAB trust

Example Curriculum

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