Archive for: Basses For Sale

Rubner Germania bass

20 Nov
November 20, 2018

We have a new Rubner “Germania 11″ bass with an antiqued blonde finish.  Made with spruce and moderately figured maple, this bass has a very attractive look.  The Rubner workshop in Germany put a lot of careful effort into achieving a proper antiqued appearance – the pictures here don’t do it justice.

Some dimensions:

String length 41″

Lower bout width 26″

Upper bout width 19 1/2″

Rib depth lower block 8 1/8″

Rib depth upper block 6 3/4″

Length of back 44”

These Rubner Germania models are impressive instruments. They have a quick bow response and an even sound with plenty of both high end and low end projection. Set up with a Despiau bridge, Evah Pirazzi weich string set and a New Harmony endpin.

$7000 with cover

Shen SB200 roundback willow bass

04 Nov
November 4, 2018

We have a new model from Shen, a fully carved roundback bass with the back and sides made from willow.   It’s dimensions make it slightly larger than the willow flat back gamba with a string length of 41 5/8″.  It has a nice punchy pizzicato sound and the arco sound is even and full.

This one is nicely set up with a Despiau bridge, Ulsa 10mm endpin and Pirastro Evah Pirazzi strings.

 

$4500 with cover

2018 Wilfer #10

01 Nov
November 1, 2018

We have a new fully carved Wilfer #10 roundback Gamba style bass at the shop. This is the same German workshop that made many of the famous Juzek basses.  The top is made from  straight grained spruce  with the grain width increasing at the sides. The back and sides are made from maple with a mild flame.  The varnish is reddish brown with a ground that highlights the flame and flecking.

Some dimensions;

String length 41″

Lower bout width 25 7/8″

Upper bout width 19 1/4″

Rib depth at lower block 8″

Rib depth at upper block 6 7/8″

length from bottom of bass to top of button 44″

The tone is somewhat dark, but still with clarity. The sound is even throughout, and has a surprising amount of low end response for an instrument with a smaller size.  In fact the size of the instrument is quite manageable, the neck feels good in the hand and we prepared the fingerboard playing surface with minimal relief so it’s fun to play.

Set up with a French bridge with our deluxe adjusters and a New Harmony carbon endpin.  This bass suffered a some minor bruising in shipping, but we’re touching up the varnish.

$7500 with cover.

 

 

 

 

 

Rubner Busetto model

21 Oct
October 21, 2018

We have a 2016 Rubner Model 68B. This is one of the Rubner workshop’s best instruments – essentially a handbuilt bass. Some dimensions:

String length 41  1/4″

lower bout width 27″

upper bout width 19 3/8″

rib depth lower block 8 1/4

rib depth upper block 7″

length from bottom to to of button 45 1/2″

The top arching is quite tall and the spruce has very straight grain that increases in width at the flanks.  The top also displays a crackled spirit varnish effect found on some Pollmann instruments, and has a bit of bearclaw figure as well.  The neck, back and sides are made from highly flamed maple,  and the back arching is again quite tall.  The Busetto corners, flamed F holes and rare wood quality contribute to a stunning visual effect.

The lower bout width is wide and the bass has deep ribs, but the upper bouts are narrow so  it’s very playable with great upper register access. The arco response is quick and the sound is even. Set up with a nice Belgian style bridge,  ebony hatpeg tuners and a New Harmony carbon endpin.

$10,000 with cover.

 

 

 

 

New Rubner “Germania” bass

30 Sep
September 30, 2018

We have a new  German made instrument from the Rubner workshop. This is fully carved, with a spruce top along with maple back and sides. The varnish is red brown with some antiquing. Some dimensions:

string length 41 1/4″

lower bout width 26 1/2″

upper bout width  19 1/2″

rib depth lower block 8 1/8″

rib depth upper block 7″

length of back 44 1/4″

This is a nice instrument – it’s light in weight, projects well and is even across the range. Fitted with a Despiau bridge, New Harmony carbon endpin and Pirastro Evah Pirazzi weich strings.

$6000 with cover

 

 

New Shen SB100 Deluxe laminated bass

26 Jul
July 26, 2018

This bass is similar in form to the SB88, but embellished with a quartersawn spruce laminated top, inlayed purfling,  and Shen’s nicer  tuners.

The setup includes a Despiau bridge with our height adjusters, Ullsperger 10mm endpin, ebony tailpiece and a D’addario Zyex string set.

This is a fun instrument to play and has a big booming pizzicato sound.

$2300

Alter Ego Ballade electric upright bass

17 Jul
July 17, 2018

We have an early Alter Ego travel bass with some nice extra accessories.   This one has been modified for use as a five string, but can easily be converted back to four.  Comes with all the original wings and bags, plus a Shertler Dyn B pickup as well as a Stringcharger magnetic pickup.

$4000

New Shen SB150 5/8 hybrid bass

28 Nov
November 28, 2017

We have a new Shen 5/8 size hybrid bass with a carved top and laminated back and sides.   This one has some interesting figure in the spruce top and nice golden brown oil varnish.

Some dimensions:

lower bout width 25 1/4″

upper bout width 20″

rib depth at lower block 7 7/8″

rib depth at upper block  6 3/8″

length of back from lower point to the top of the button 43″

string length 39 1/2″

This bass is nicely set up with a Despiau bridge, Ullsperger endpin and D’addario strings. A good size for a smaller person or someone looking for a bass that’s very easy to get around on.

$3000

 

Shen SB200 “Classic” carved roundback bass

21 Apr
April 21, 2017

This is the model they call the “classic” which is similar in outline to some of their other instruments, but fully carved.

This instrument has a spruce top with maple sides.  Depending on the angle viewed the maple has a fair amount of flame figure.  Nice  golden brown oil varnish.

Some dimensions:

string length 41 1/2″

lower bout width 26 1/4″

upper bout width 20″

rib depth at lower block 8 1/4″

rib depth at upper block 6″

length from bottom of bass to top of back button 44 1/2″

Set up with a Despiau bridge, Ullsperger  tubular endpin and Pirastro Evah Pirazzi Weich strings.   Easy arco response and nice projection – nice bass.

$5000 with cover

 

New Shen SB150 Hybrid bass

26 Feb
February 26, 2016

With a solid carved top and plywood back and sides these instruments have a fuller sound than a plywood bass, but offer a more durable and affordable alternative to a fully carved bass.   Set up with a Despiau bridge, genuine Ullsperger 10mm endpin, upgraded ebony tailpiece and Pirastro Evah Pirazzi Weich strings.

$2950