Dearborn, David M.
- Frederick R. Selch
(b 1810; d 1865). American bass viol maker. He was apprenticed to abraham Prescott and moved with him to Concord, New Hampshire, in 1833. He was in partnership with his brother Andrew Dearborn in the late 1830s. Dearborn’s first datable instrument is a five-string viol of 1836. From 1843 to 1847 he was in partnership with the instrument dealer and maker Daniel B. Bartlett. They became known as Dearborn & Bartlett as they maintained a music store on the main street in Concord. According to a broadside of the 1840s they sold “premium bass and double bass viols” of their own manufacture, and various brass and string instruments and accessories made in New York and Boston. They also had acquired “the stock and interest in the manufacture of melodions” from Charles Austin, a maker of seraphines, melodions, and other reed organs. Newspaper advertisements containing similar information appeared in ...