December Update
 
  Just In!  Fully carved 2012 Shen SB200 Willow in amazing condition with excellent set-up.  Get in touch or check back for more info and photos. $3,000.
  Please see updated offerings at right (please excuse blury thumbnail images, we're working on it, meanwhile click into Slideshow for larger, clearer images). And do not hesitate to get in touch for  more info on anything listed. We would be happy to put together a brief video of any of our instruments.
  We've added some info on the REALIST family of transducers and expanded our STRING offerings.  See our BOWS, COVERS, PICKUPS and STRINGS page.  
 
Now accepting
credit cards, as well as PayPal 
 
       Recent 
   Acquisitions
 
Just in: 
 
1930s German  (See right.)
 
Still available
 
Late 19th c. 7/8 French bass, formerly used in the New York Phil. (See right)
 
Mid 20th century large 3/4 German round back bass labeled Andreas Moreli (see right). 

An older, really great sounding Juzek (see right).
 
New Asian hybrid. (See right.)
 
 
 
We are now offering VELVET strings for bass.  Contact us for more info and a great price on these amazing strings.  And keep in mind, we have some great bows, and are also now offering the REALIST pickup, new REALIST Sound Clip, your favorite strings and K and M music stands - in addition to the wonderful MOORADIAN covers - all at great prices!  Call or email for prices and more info.
 
 

The Bass Garden sells old and new instruments.  Our new instruments are all made with wood that has been properly seasoned and not rushed, as many instruments -  mass-produced quickly in factories, with little quality control - are, and can soon have major problems which are expensive to fix.  Our new instruments are all backed  by the makers.    

The disadvantage to an older instrument, that is, one that is not brand new, is that it has most likely needed some repairs during its lifetime. The basses we sell have been worked on by experienced, skilled and dedicated luthiers who ONLY work on basses. Great care is given to ensure the optimum sound and playability and reasonable health of our instruments.

We do offer new, inexpensive basses from several manufacturers, including Christopher.   These are well-made, durable, good-sounding and attractive instruments, all with ebony fingerboards and sturdy endpins. As with all our instruments, they have been professionally set up for maximum sound and playability. All for UNDER $2,000.

Keep in mind that buying a double bass - like other quality string instruments - is not like buying a car, or even a guitar, that depreciates significantly in value immediately after purchase. In many cases, a quality bass, in any price range, if it is maintained properly, will actually increase in value as the years pass.

While we make an effort to have all our basses posted here, it is sometimes hard to keep up with changing inventory. If you don't see what you're looking for, please email or call for information on other basses currently available.

New York State residents add 8 1/2% sales tax.

 

Basses Currently  Available for Sale or Trade
MARTIN SHERDIAN
$12,000

Recent bass by American maker Martin Sheridan.  Large 3/4 flat back with cedar top in excellent condition.  41 3/8" S. L.  Powerful instrument, sweet upper register, easy to play.

 

FRENCH (Jacquet-Gand) $32,000

Mid 19th century large 3/4 Mirecourt flat back, 41 3/8" S.L.  New bridge  and F/B, and replaced bass bar.  Solid instrument with old cracks well repaired.  Loud, powerful bass with great depth and quality.

English Please Call

 

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.

  MORELI - German
$8,600

Early-mid 20th c. large 3/4 round back labeled Moreli, 42" S.L. with bridge slightly forward. Big German bass in amazing condtion.  Has rather amature refin.  Loud, powerful bass.  "D" neck.

 "Prague" JUZEK - German
$6,800

3/4 size German round back from the 1930s or 40s,  labeled "John Juzek - Violin Maker in Prague.  42" S.L.  Stable instrument in good condition with solid repairs all around.  Open, ringing sound, great for jazz.  "Eb" neck.

 

1930sGermanTN.jpg 1930s GERMAN $8,600 

Early-mid 20th c. 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 and open, and easy to play.  

CHINESE $5,000

New Chinese "Pear Shaped" 3/4 round back, 40 1/2"S.L.  A great sounding and beautiful bass with awesome upper register access.  Nice full and singing tone and a joy to play.

LATE 19th C. FRENCH $28,000

7/8 size flat back in excellent condition.  Remarkably easy to play for a large bass, S. L. is 41 1/4".  Loud, even and projecting sound, has 'fingered' C extension.

 

NEW ASIAN HYBRID
$1,950

3/4 size round back with solid spruce top and laminated sides and back with very attractive flame maple.  41 1/8" S. L., nicely set up with ebony f/b and easy to play.  A very good, even sounding bass and most excellent value.

UPTON - Bohemian Laminated SOLD
$2,500

Made in the US by Upton bass, this 3/4 flatback has a player friendly 40 1/2" S. L. Great set up with thick ebony f/b, and has upgraded, antique tuners.  Even, cushy sound.  Pre- owned, but nearly mint.  On consignment, but seller is motivated.  Reasonable offers will be considered.

FRENCH (Collin Mezin) $20,000

1920s 3/4 French round back in A+ condition and labeled "Collin Mezin".  41" S.L.  This is a great bass for solo playing with ridiculous accessibility, gorgeous tone and plenty of volume - but also has good depth!  In absolutely top playing condition with brand new bass bar and top/ back re-graduation.  SOLD

AMERICAN - KAY
$2,000

NOTE:  Kay in photos has been SOLD. But in the pipeline:

We have a 1953 Kay C-1 in good condition. Has original rosewood fingerboard,  adjustable bridge,original end pin, and new tail piece wire.  Strung with Thomastik Spirocores.  Email for photos, or check back.  Sorry, also SOLD.

CHINESE $1,200

Lovely new laminated bass, made in China - 3/4 size, 41 3/4" S.L.  Ebony fingerboard, adjustable bridge.  Nice set-up, easy to play.  Very solid bass.

CHRISTOPHER $1,850

Model DB204T, new laminated bass, made by one of the top string instrument makers in China - known for quality and consistency.  3/4 size with a 41 1/2" S.L., expert set-up by one of New York's top luthiers.  An attractive,  good sounding all around bass, currently strung with Thomastik Superflexibles.  SOLD

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