I purchased this bass in 2019 from an upright bass store and workshop located around the Boston area. As far as I know, this bass had been recovered from Europe from the luthier of this shop, and he put in some restoration-like work to breathe new life into this pre-war German bass. To me it's origins are a mystery, but given its characteristics, I would guess it was made between 1900-1960 by a German shop, carved after the gamba or Bohemian styles of double bass models. Carved out of solid wood with a semi-dark brown varnish. The age and repair history of this bass are shown in various cracks and chips in the wood. However, the overall health of the instrument is okay, with room for improvements in terms of setup, as well as repairs to certain problem spots on the instrument. If there's anything I can help with please send me an email and I would be happy to work something out with you.
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The extras that will be included with the sale of the bass are:
- Basic gigging/travel case
- Pernambuco German-style bass bow. I purchased this new from a music store in Salt Lake City in 2019/2020, cost around $1,000; it is a significant step up from your average bow. Responsive, lightweight, comfortable.
- Hard shell bow case
- Leather bow quiver
- Bass method books (if desired)
- Currently there are Spirocore strings on, which are quite new
In my opinion of the instrument, it is suited for a hobby player that desires an old and quirky instrument. It would be unwise to use as a primary gigging or student bass, as it wouldn't hold up to the constant exposure to harsh environmental changes.
Thanks for checking the post out, if you have any questions shoot me an email, I'm usually quick to respond.