1999 Martin Sheridan Panormo flatback

1999 Martin Sheridan Panormo flatback

This 1999 Martin Sheridan “Panormo” flatback is a fine orchestral bass once again after having led a gigging jazz life with its original owner. The top is medium grain spruce, the black, sides, and neck are maple. The single unit brass tuning machines are supplied from the Cincinnati Bass Shop. The fittings, including a new… Continue reading 1999 Martin Sheridan Panormo flatback

2006 Threlkeld 7/8 carved back with B ext

2006 Threlkeld 7/8 carved back with B ext

This professionally used and well maintained 2006 Chris Threlkeld carved back bass was played in the Olympia, Washington Orchestra. The bass is outfitted with a custom B extension by Chris Threlkeld. This large instrument has a huge orchestral voice and an easy playing 41 1/2″ (105.4 cm) string length. The high quality spruce top has… Continue reading 2006 Threlkeld 7/8 carved back with B ext

ca. 1890 German 3/4 flatback converted to 4 stg

ca. 1890 German 3/4 flatback converted to 4 stg

This lightweight ca. 1890 3/4 German flatback bass started out life as a three string instrument when it was purchased for the Royal Marine Band. A fourth string was added later with the installation of a Baker style tuning machine. Later on this bass served a long time as a jazz instrument, having been owned… Continue reading ca. 1890 German 3/4 flatback converted to 4 stg

2007 Paul Bryant “Mattao Gofriller” model

2007 Paul Bryant "Mattao Gofriller" model

This well maintained 2007 Paul Bryan “Mattaeo Gofriller” model (number 71) is a very nice affordable handmade instrument. This model is the largest pattern that Paul Bryant made. It has a rich and solid presence both as a section bass and for smaller groups. The top is a two-piece section of Alpine spruce with the… Continue reading 2007 Paul Bryant “Mattao Gofriller” model

ca. 1890s Tyrolean large 3/4 flatback

ca. 1890s Tyrolean large 3/4 flatback

This ca. 1890s Tyrolean large 3/4 flatback bass underwent a complete restoration a few years ago by SF Bay Area doublebass luthier, Nathaniel Rich. During the restoration, a neck block was made and installed, the string length shortened, and some old cracks were regaled and cleated. It is now a solid performer in the jazz… Continue reading ca. 1890s Tyrolean large 3/4 flatback

ca. 1920s German 3/4 carved back

ca. 1920s German 3/4 carved back

Every 6-12 months an older German bass comes to the shop that performs far outside expectations for it, based on the pedigree. This ca. 1920s German 3/4 carved back is one of those. Owned by the same California family for several decades, this instrument has proven itself to be a solid and colorful performer in… Continue reading ca. 1920s German 3/4 carved back

ca. 1924 Italian 1/2 size flatback

ca. 1924 Italian 1/2 size flatback

This ca. 1924 Italian 1/2 size flatback bass is a fine chamber bass or melody instrument. The former owner, based in Milan, played solo concerts all over northern Italy with it. The bass received a major restoration and a maple scroll graft several years ago. The top is 4-piece spruce, the back and sides are… Continue reading ca. 1924 Italian 1/2 size flatback