from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In instruments of the violin class, an oblong wooden bar, running lengthwise within the instrument, designed to strengthen it and enable it to resist the pressure of the bridge and the tension of the strings.


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  • If we accept the bass-bar as the nervous system of a Violin, the sound-post may be said to perform the functions of the heart with unerring regularity.

    The Violin Its Famous Makers and Their Imitators

  • If, after the careful adjustment of bridge, sound-post, and bass-bar, strings are added which have not been selected with due care and regard to their relative proportion, the labour expended upon the important parts named is at once rendered useless.

    The Violin Its Famous Makers and Their Imitators

  • It is not possible to have any uniform arrangement of the sound-post in all instruments; as we have remarked before in reference to the bass-bar, the variations in the thickness, outline, model, &c., of the Violin are so frequent as to defy identity of treatment; uniformity has been sought for, but without success.

    The Violin Its Famous Makers and Their Imitators

  • The only essential part of the violin which has had to be changed since Stradivari's time is the bass-bar.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon

  • If his lessons are to be of real benefit to him, the component parts of the instrument, post, bridge, bass-bar, strings, etc., must be accurately adjusted, in order that the sound values are what they should be.

    Violin Mastery Talks with Master Violinists and Teachers

  • He had had it properly strung; and as the bass-bar had never been moved, and was of

    The Lost Stradivarius

  • It was, after all, perhaps not so serious a matter, for, as I have said, the bass-bar had given way.

    The Lost Stradivarius

  • Neither the sound-post nor the bass-bar have ever been moved, and you see here a Stradivarius violin wearing exactly the same appearance as it once wore in the great master's workshop, and in exactly the same condition; yet I think the belly is sufficiently strong to stand modern stringing.

    The Lost Stradivarius

  • With the failure of the bass-bar the belly collapsed, and the wood broke across the grain in so extraordinary a manner as to put the fiddle beyond repair, except as a curiosity.

    The Lost Stradivarius


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