New Shen SB 200 3/4 willow flat back

New Shen SB 200 3/4 willow flat back

This new Shen SB 200 3/4 willow flatback (2019-10-73) is an especially fine jazz pizz example of the best selling all-solid woods model in the shop. Medium-wide grain spruce top. Willow back and sides. Maple neck with mid-grade brass single unit tuning machines. Ebony nut, fingerboard, and tailpiece saddle. French style replacement tailpiece. New Harmony… Continue reading New Shen SB 200 3/4 willow flat back

1950s German 3/4, performance enhanced

1950s German 3/4, performance enhanced

This 1950s German 3/4 carved back bass previously had a long gigging life for playing jazz, swing, and Americana music. With several recent performance enhancements, this bass now is a solid orchestral performer in an easy-playing size that would be ideal for a university student or regional orchestra player. This bass had a thorough going-over… Continue reading 1950s German 3/4, performance enhanced

New Eastman Pietro Lombardi w/ C extension

New Eastman Pietro Lombardi w/ C extension

This new Eastman Pietro Lombardi 7/8 bass has received a top regraduation and a major refinement of the Lisa Gass licensed C extension installation and distributor setup, allowing the bass to speak and perform at its highest potential. The spruce top is a higher grade than the one used for the 7/8 Eastman Jean-Pierre Lupot… Continue reading New Eastman Pietro Lombardi w/ C extension

1995 Wilfer small 5/8 or large 1/2 regrad top

1995 Wilfer small 5/8 or large 1/2 regrad top

This nearly 25 year old 5/8 size Wilfer was hardly used in its old life. Now with a regraduated top, a remodeled bass bar, and a fresh new setup, the bass is proudly singing in a solid and colorful voice. The brown varnish finish shows little sign of having been handled and is crisply clean.… Continue reading 1995 Wilfer small 5/8 or large 1/2 regrad top

ca. 2000 Eastern European 7/8 flatback

This ca. 2000 Eastern European 7/8 flatback has a strong and projective orchestral voice, a good audition or performance choice for a college level student. Carpathian spruce top, Plain figure Carpathian maple back, sides, and neck, Individual asian import tuning machines, Ebony fittings all around, Pat McCarthy bridge, Graphite adjustable endpin, Lightly applied reddish-brown varnish… Continue reading ca. 2000 Eastern European 7/8 flatback

2003 “Testore” model, imported for Steven Reilly

2003 "Testore" model, imported for Steven Reilly

This exceptionally clean condition 2003 “Testore” 3/4 carved back bass was purchased through Steven Reilly’s shop and hardly used at all! It is a very nice high student grade instrument from one of the best small shops in China. The spruce top is exceptionally nice, with bold grain lines that remind me of Carpathian spruce.… Continue reading 2003 “Testore” model, imported for Steven Reilly

ca. 1920s Knilling 3/4 carved back

ca. 1920s Knilling 3/4 carved back

This ca. 1920s Knilling 3/4 carved back bass was very successfully used for several decades by a traditional jazz player. It is being sold on consignment by the estate of this player. The spruce top features fairly evenly spaced medium-fine grain structure. The plain figure maple back and sides have been repaired over the many… Continue reading ca. 1920s Knilling 3/4 carved back

ca. 1960s German 3/4 carved back: Performance Enhanced

ca. 1960s German 3/4 carved back: Performance Enhanced

  This gorgeous ca. 1960s German small 3/4 carved back bass is a fine example of the performance enhancements regularly regularly added to these shop type instruments. The Spruce m top featuring bold grain lines has been regraduated to a balanced state that yields a very strong and projective voice for a bass off this… Continue reading ca. 1960s German 3/4 carved back: Performance Enhanced