Below you will find instruments that are available for sale or trade, roughly in order of decreasing value. We usually have basses beginning at around $1,500.
Please contact us for more info on any of these.
Mid-late19th century, 7/8 size round back, 42" S.L. No label, but attributed to John Smith. In very good condition with new neck reset, f/b and bridge. SERIOUS orchestra bass - thick, deep, powerful, quick and mature sound. Superb audition bass - extremely articulate, and includes fingered "C" extension w/ four gates. Also great jazz bass a la Charlie Haden. Shoulders are big, best for tall person. Priced well below similar quality basses. Currently being shown at O'hara Fine Instruments in Brewster, NY. Please contact us or them for more info. $40,000
Mid 19th century large 3/4 Mirecourt flat back, in very good condition. 41 3/8" S.L. New bridge, new premium F/B, and replaced bass bar. Solid instrument with old cracks well repaired. Good volume, gorgeous tone and, it plays itself! Currently being shown at O'hara Fine Instruments in Brewster, NY. Please contact us or them for more info.
Late 19th c. 7/8 size French (likely JTL) flat back in excellent condition. Remarkably easy to play for a large bass, S. L. is 41 1/4". Loud, even and projecting sound, you can really dig in and the sound keeps coming!
Has 'fingered' C extension. Currently being shown at O'hara Fine Instruments in Brewster, NY. Please contact us or them for more info.
Late 19th c. 7/8 size French branded JTL. Loud, powerful, clear, open and even with amazing sustain - very expressive. 42" S. L., easy to get around on for large bass. Excellent condition - just had complete restoration by renowned Italian bass luthier Sergio Scaramelli. Priced to sell, please call.
Early-mid 20th cent. 3/4 round back in very good condition. Has fingered "C" extension, Sloan tuners and recent bass bar. Neck and scroll not original. 42" S.L., 'D' neck. Very good sounding bass - even, open, complex and singing upper register. Very easy to play.
Pre WWll large 3/4 German round back bass. String length is 42". Loud, deep, powerful bass. This bass is in amazing condition for an instrument of this age - there are no cracks anywhere. Varnish has been tampered with, reflected in price. $7000
Preowned, preloved large 3/4 Chinese round back bass in very good condition. String length is currently 41 1/2" with adjustments to nut and bridge. Loud, powerful bass fitted with Yamahiko pickup. Easy playing bass, ready to go and needs nothing. NOTE: Marvin wire tailpiece has been replaced with original ebony tailpiece. $5000
Kay C-1 in very good condition. This classic American laminated bass from c. 1955 has all the qualities Kays are known for - loud, punchy and deep. 41 1/2" S. L., original rosewood f/b has a lot left on it, original Kay endpin. No neck breaks, just some minor delaminations on back left. $2,600
New 3/4 Chinese round back hybrid bass labeled Mathias Thoma. Top is carved spruce, sides and back moderately flamed laminated maple. String length is 41 1/2". Very attractive, good sounding, easy playing and sturdy instrument. We've sold many of these, all with great results.
Fully carved 3/4 flat back bass labeled Andreas Zeller 1982, imported by well known NYC bass shop. String length is 40 1/2". Very easy to play, excellent value for a solid wood bass.