Archive for: Basses For Sale

2020 Rubner Michael Glass #30

12 Jan
January 12, 2021

We have another Michael Glass model from the Rubner workshop in Saxony. The top is made from German spruce and the flat back, sides and neck  from flamed Bosnian maple.  The polished spirit varnish is a reddish golden brown with a bit of antiquing.  Gold Rubner French style tuners set off the flame in the neck and scroll. Some dimensions:

String length 41 3/4″

lower bout width 25 3/8″

upper bout width 19 3/4″

rib depth at the lower block 8 1/4″

rib depth at the upper block 7 1/4″

length of back 45 1/4″

This is not a small instrument yet feels manageable, and to facilitate access the top plate overhang is cut back to the rib outline at the upper block.  The sound is big with both pizz. and arco.  Plenty of low end here and the  bass projects over the entire range.  As strung now with Bel Canto strings the sound is pleasingly dark but well defined.  And with Spirocores this could work as a jazz bass.

Set up with an adjustable  Despiau bridge and a New Harmony carbon endpin.

$8500 with cover

 

 

New Gewa Walther 5/8 bass

05 Sep
September 5, 2020

A nice new bass from the German Rubner workshop made with European Spruce and maple. The finish is a reddish brown spirit varnish with factory antiquing.

Some dimensions:

string length 40 1/8″

upper bout width 19 3/8″

lower bout width 26 1/4″

rib depth tapers from 7 3/8″ to 6 5/8″

length of back 42 5/8″

The size of this instrument would appeal not only to players looking for an instrument a bit smaller than a typical 3/4,  but might also work as a solo bass or “pit bass”.  The projection is impressive for a smaller instrument and the arco response is quick.

Set up with an Aubert bridge, New Harmony carbon endpin and D’addario kaplan strings.

 

$6000 with cover.

 

 

New Rubner Michael Glass #10 bass

21 Aug
August 21, 2020

Mr. Michael Glass is a principal member of the Rubner bass workshop, and this is one of his own designs in  classic German gamba form. Made from wide, even grained spruce and mildly flamed maple, with dark golden brown spirit varnish. Some dimensions:

string length: 41 3/16″

lower bout width 26″

upper bout width 18 3/4″

lower block rib depth 8″

upper block rib depth 6 3/4

length of back 44″

This bass has a nice low end, an even sound across the range and sweet highs strung with Bel Cantos. I had this strung with Evah Pirazzi weich  as well  and it has some nice midrange punch for pizz. Smaller neck profile.

Set up with a Despiau bridge, New Harmony carbon endpin, and cover.

$7000

 

 

New Gewa/Rubner “Walther” carved bass

29 Mar
March 29, 2020

A fully carved roundback bass from Gewa’s German workshop. This one has some nice wood figure with plenty of Bearclaw in the top and nice flame in the back. Very nice reddish golden brown varnish with antiquing. Some dimensions:

string length 41 3/8″

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″

Nice punchy midrange pizz. sound for jazz,  and easy to get around the sloping shoulders.

Set up with a Despiau bridge, New Harmony carbon endpin and Pirastro Evah Pirazzi weich strings.

 

$6000 with cover

John Juzek carved bass

24 Mar
March 24, 2020

Postwar ca. 1950’s Juzek attributed (no label)  fully carved roundback German bass.  Some dimensions:

upper bout width 19 1/2″

lower bout width 25″

rib depth lower block 7 3/4″

rib depth upper block 6 1/2″

length of back 44″

string length 42″

This bass has the classic punchy pizz.  sound for jazz. In good condition with some repairs. Includes newer fingerboard, Sloane tuners, Ulsa Massiv endpin and Fishman Full Circle pickup. Very comfortable neck profile.

On consignment

New price: $10,000

 

 

 

Shen SB 200 Mirecourt

30 Oct
October 30, 2019

We have another new Mirecourt model from Shen.  This is a fully carved 3/4 size bass with an outline inspired by French pear shaped basses.  The wide lower bout width is contrasted with sloping shoulders to give the bass a big sound combined with great access to the upper register.

The wood was well chosen on this with nicely figured maple and a straight grained bookmatched spruce top. The figure on the back is an interesting combination of flame and birdseye maple.

Some dimensions:

String length 41 5/8″

lower bout width 27 5/8″

upper bout width 20″

lower block depth 8 1/2″

upper block depth 6 3/8″

length of back 44 3/4

Set up with a Despiau bridge, Ullsperger 10mm endpin and Pirastro Evah Pirazzi weich strings. This bass has nice projection with the bow and an even, punchy pizz. sound across the range. The neck profile feels good as well.

 

$5250 with cover

 

Shen SB200 roundback 3/4 Gamba bass with mahogany back and maple sides

10 Oct
October 10, 2019

We have a rare model from Shen, a smaller roundback gamba shaped bass with a mahogany back and maple ribs.  The spruce top has bear claw figure and overall the wood variety used produces a nice look.

Some dimensions:

string length 41 3/8″

lower bout width 25 3/4″

upper bout width 20 3/8″

rib depth lower block 8 1/4″

rib depth upper block 6 1/4″

length of back 44 3/4″

With pizzicato the bass has a punchy mid range that sounds great for jazz. And it’s nice with the bow too, with a sound that’s a bit brighter than the willow version.

Set up with a Despiau bridge, Ullsperger 10mm endpin and Pirastro Perpetual strings.

$5250 with cover.

 

 

 

New Shen 3/4 sb200 with maple back and sides

24 Jun
June 24, 2019

New fully carved instrument with some bear claw  figure in the spruce top as well as nice flame in the maple back, neck and sides. Golden brown shaded oil varnish.

Some dimensions:

String length 41.5″

lower bout width 26″

upper bout width 20″

length of back 45″

Punchy pizz. sound and nice projection with the bow. The neck on this bass has a bit smaller profile – feels fast!  Set up with a Despiau bridge, Ullsperger 10mm endpin and Pirastro Evah Pirazzi weich strings.

 

$5250 with cover.

New Shen SB200 Willow gamba roundback bass

25 Feb
February 25, 2019

Here’s yet another new model from Shen. This instrument uses the same form as the popular flat back willow 3/4 bass,  but has a rounded carved back.  Note:  the ribs on all the willow basses from Shen are laminated now.  Many fine instrument makers use this technique – it helps to keep the sides from warping and splitting.

Some dimensions:

lower bout width 25″

upper bout width 20″

rib depth lower block 8 1/4″ tapering to 6 1/4 at the upper block

length of back 44 3/4″

string length 41 5/8

Like it’s flat back cousin these instruments have a nice smaller size, sound great and offer a lot of bass for the money.  The setup includes a Despiau bridge, Ullsperger 10mm endpin, and Pirastro Evah Pirazzi weich strings.

 

Sold

 

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 for the money. 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.

Sold, but see the other Germania.