Old Master Double Basses for Sale

For years now we have had a "revolving collection" of the finest double bass in the world. Finding them a good home is an important consideration and getting the price just right to suit both the seller and purchaser. Many top players have got their double bass through Tom and his excellent contacts mean he can often help find a specific instrument.

Instruments in the last year or so have included excellent examples of Hironumous Amati ll, a fine Cremonese bass of the 18th century, a fine Thomas Kennedy, an exceptional Vincenzo Panormo and Hill among others. We also regularly have beautiful examples of old double bass bows available.

 

  • Furber Double Base for sale from Thomas Martin

    Furber Double Bass

    Here is a lovely English bass from the mid Nineteenth Century. It is of the type made for Betts (of Royal Exchange, London) by the Furber family who made so many double basses we know as different things. The flat back and sides are in “birdseye maple”. Good robust size and good sound.

     

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  • Milanese Double Base for sale from Thomas Martin

    Milanese Double Bass

    Sound for money – here it is! This interesting nineteenth Century Milanese bass is typical of the rather rustic basses of the period – but - a strong and rich sound and easy to play. We have completely restored the bass and so condition is not an issue. We think it’s a real bargain.

     

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  • Northern Italian Lion Head Double Base for sale from Thomas Martin

    Northern Italian Lion Head Double Bass

    A fine mid-nineteenth Century instrument from Northern Italy is in an excellent state of restoration. It would make a fine bass for the versatile player who combines Orchestra playing with solo and chamber music appearances. The finely carved Lions head scroll is said to have been inspired by the famous statues in St Marks in Venice. High quality sound and projection combined with great playability make this bass a real treasure.

     

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  • Jerome Thibouville-Lamy Double Base for sale from Thomas Martin

    Jȇrome Thibouville-Lamy Double Bass

    An excellent example of the work of Jȇrome Thibouville-Lamy of Mirecourt, France around 1880. A real player’s instrument, this bass is rewarding to play and has a truly  great sound with fine quality and projection..

     

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  • Ludwig Glaessel 5 String Double Base for sale from Thomas Martin

    Ludwig Glaessel 5 String Double Bass

    We are happy to offer this sensibly proportioned and playable 5 string bass. The condition is very good and it has a great sound over all the strings. The label is of Ludwig Glaessel – Berliner 1930. I resembles the work of the old Alfred Meyer of Marknewkirchen who was. of course, a master in the construction fine double basses and particularly of 5 stringers.

     

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  • 5 String Czech Double Base for sale from Thomas Martin

    5 String Czech Double Bass

    HHere is a great five stringed bass of the Prague school. The classic Czech orchestral bass in all its glory. Of generous proportions, one could imagine this majestic instrument contributing real breadth and depth to the bass section.

     

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  • Gand and Bernardel Fres Double Base for sale from Thomas Martin

    Gand and Bernardel Fres Double Bass

    No introduction needed for this incredible double bass. This is a rare opportunity to acquire one of the much sort after king of French basses. This bass was made in Paris in 1878 and bares the original label. The condition of the bass is incredible. We have re set the neck and done some minor work on the bass to restore it to near perfect. A great sounding bass that is a dream come true for any bass enthusiast.

     

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  • Buthod Double Base for sale from Thomas Martin

    Buthod Double Bass

    This handsome instrument was made in Mirocourt c.1900.

    It has had a full Martin restoration including new braces, new bass bar and neck re set. The results are incredible, a stunning French double bass that has the sound and feel of a top jazz or classical instrument.

     

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  • Neuner Double Base for sale from Thomas Martin

    Neuner Double Bass

    This handsome Mittenwald made bass was made around 1840 by the famous Neuner family. The bass is now in great shape, we have re set the neck and done some work inside to get her working at her best. The original varnish had been badly damaged by someone at some point. So much so that the only option was to re varnish the bass. We have done a great job of it and you wouldn't know! It has a huge even sound and is very playable for a fairly large bass. A top bass for a reasonable price.

     

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  • Briggs Double Base for sale from Thomas Martin

    Briggs Double Bass

    An excellent Northern English instrument of the Manchester school made in our opinion by James Briggs. With a beautiful even tone throughout all the registers, this is a real players’ instrument and a joy to both play and look at. Quick response and a singing g string are features. The back and sides are from interesting and beautifully flamed English Sycamore.

     

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  • Gaetano Guadagnini II Double Base for sale from Thomas MArtin

    Gaetano Guadagnini II Double Bass

    This instrument is by Gaetano Guadagnini ll made in about 1830. Third in the line of the illustrious Turinese dynasty of great violinmakers. His grandfather was, of course, the illustrious G.B. Guadagnini considered one of the greatest of all time. With an exclusively Italian Dendro report with several matches to other Guadagnini instruments, this leaves no doubt as to the quality of this fine instrument. It appears to have been in the collection of Edward Stansfield, a well-known bassist and collector in Liverpool, which included a number of Italian treasures in the North of England. Gaetano produced instruments of the entire violin family including guitars that are very sought after and used by virtuosi such as John Williams. The condition is excellent and is great to play with a great low register as well as lovely singing highs.

     

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  • Neuner & Hornsteiner Double Base for sale from Thomas MArtin

    Neuner & Hornsteiner Double Bass

    A five string delight, this fine Mittenwald bass by Neuner & Horsteiner combines a great and playable size, a robust sound, and a fifth string. The condition is near perfect.

     

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    String Length: 42.25 inches (107.5 cm)
    Length of Back: 45 inches (114 cm)
    Rib Depth: 8.75 inches (22.5 cm)
    Upper Bout: 22 inches (56 cm)
    Middle Bout: 15.75 inches (40 cm)
    Lower Bout: 27.25 inches (69 cm)

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  • Joseph Hill Double Base for Sale

    Joseph Hill Double Bass

    This exceptional double bass is one of the finest examples of a Joseph Hill’s work we have ever seen. The entire double bass is in an wonderful state of preservation. Made in around 1760 at the Harp and Flute in London where Joseph Hill worked at the time. The sound of this bass is just as you would expect, simply huge, with unrivaled orchestral presence and fine quality of sound.

     

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  • Dresden Double Base

    Venetian Double Bass

    This wonderful double bass from the North of Italy is a real players instrument, it is very approachable and virtually plays its self. The sound is as you would expect from this type of instrument, a rich, vibrant and very responsive tone. A great bass for all types of playing.

     

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  • William Callow Double Bass for Sale

    William Callow Double Bass

    A fine English double bass by William Callow of Nottingham ca 1895. Callow in addition to being a much sought after restorer also made a number of fine instruments specializing in basses. Morris in his book on British Violin Makers reports He made a large number of violins, violas and a large number of double basses, gaining a considerable reputation for his larger instruments. One double bass which I saw was well made, and had an immense volume of tone of good quality.

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  • Ludovico Rastelli Double Base

    Ludovico Rastelli Double Bass

    This handsome bass was made in Genoa during the mid 19th Century. Rastelli is well know for several excellent double basses all having the characteristic big sound.

  • Ludovico Rastelli Bass Dimensions

    String Length: 40.5 inches (103 cm)
    Length of Back: 45 inches (114 cm)
    Rib Depth: 7.75 inches (19.7 cm)
    Upper Bout: 19.75 inches (50 cm)
    Middle Bout: 14.25 inches (36 cm)
    Lower Bout: 26 inches (66 cm)

 

  • Spanish Origin Double Base

    Spanish Origin Double Bass

    This is a wonderful and interesting double bass of Spanish origin. This instrument has spent most of its life in Argentina, this is most likely where the lion head scroll was added. A great sounding bass that is easy to play.

     

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  • Neuner & Hornsteiner Double Base

    Neuner & Hornsteiner Double Bass

    This beautiful German bass made by Neuner and Hornsteiner dating from around 1860. This bass has been cut down a little from the original size and is now a very playable instrument with a great sound.

     

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    String Length: 41.5 inches (105.5 cm)
    Length of Back: 45.5 inches (116 cm)
    Rib Depth: 8 inches (20.5 cm)
    Upper Bout: 20.25 inches (51.5 cm)
    Middle Bout: 14.75 inches (37 cm)
    Lower Bout: 27.25 inches (69 cm)

 

  • Paolo Maggini Double Base

    Paolo Maggini Double Bass

    This Maggini bass c1610 is a stunning example of this great makers work. It plays and sounds amazing. It is a medium instrument and is very comfortable to play.

     

  • Paolo Maggini Bass Dimensions

    String Length: 39.75 inches (101 cm)
    Length of Back: 43.75 inches (111 cm)
    Rib Depth: 9.25 inches (24 cm)
    Upper Bout: 19.25 inches (49 cm)
    Middle Bout: 13.75 inches (35 cm)
    Lower Bout: 26 inches (66 cm)

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