Archive for: Basses For Sale

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

 

2012 James A Reck handbuilt bass

02 Nov
November 2, 2017

We have a bass built by Iowa City violinmaker James Reck.  This bass has some interesting features, including a unusual outline and steep plate arching.  The maple used for the back and sides is highly flamed,  and both top and back plates use two piece, unblemished wood of really fine quality.  Nice golden brown oil varnish over a dark ground  accentuates the tool marks.

Some dimensions:

string length: 41 3/4″

lower bout width 26 3/4″

upper bout width 20 1/2″

rib depth lower block 8″

rib depth upper block 6 3/4″

length from bottom of bass to top of button 45 3/4″

This is a very responsive instrument with great projection,  for the professional player.

$13,5000

 

 

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

 

 

New Carcassi Elite Bass

03 Oct
October 3, 2015

We have another  rounded back Carcassi copy from the Calin Wultur workshop.  The spruce top has some bearclaw figure and the bookmatched maple back has some nice flame and  interesting figure.

Some dimensions:

string length 41 1/2″

lower bout width 25 5/8″

upper bout width 20 1/2″

rib depth at the lower block 8 1/2″

rib depth at neck block 6 3/4″

distance from bottom of bass to top of back button 46″

The setup from our shop on this includes the installation of a new Gabon ebony fingerboard, Despiau bridge with our  beautiful  ebony bridge height adjusters,  as well as a New Harmony hollow carbon endpin.

We also substantially reshaped the neck,  going down to white wood which was varnished.  The “D” neck is now much narrower and feels very nice.

The geometry of this model manages to produce a full sound all across the range  as well as great access to the upper register due to the sloped shoulders. An impressive bass.

$8000

New Shen SB200 Willow 3/4

12 Sep
September 12, 2015

This very popular and versatile instrument  has a spruce top with a nicely bookmatched willow back and willow ribs.  The elongated X shaped internal back bracing is designed to accommodate the inevitable wood movement in the flat back.

Some dimensions:

lower bout width 25 5/8″

upper bout width 20″

rib depth lower block 8 1/8″

rib depth upper block 6 1/4″

length of back 44 1/2″

string length 41 1/2″

Nicely set up with an adjustable Despiau bridge,  Pirastro Evah Pirazzi Weich strings and an Ullsperger tubular endpin.   A smaller bass with a big sound,  suitable for just about any style of playing.

$4200 with Bobolock cover