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Seller, beware! From time to time you might receive suspicious inquiries about purchasing your bass. It's usually similar to the "Belgium music lessons" scam. The would-be purchaser sends you a check for more than the amount you are asking. He'll usually offer you something for your trouble, tell you to cash the check and then wire part or all of the overpayment back to him. The check is counterfeit, but by the time your bank notifies you of that fact, you've wired away your own money, which you may not be able to recover. The seller may also request that you take down your ad because you have sold the bass to him. If you receive a suspicious check in payment for an item for sale, have your bank guarantee its authenticity first, in writing if possible, and wait not only for the funds to be deposited to your account, but also for the check to actually clear your bank. When in doubt, cut off all communication with a suspicious buyer. Do not engage in conversation, email or otherwise. You can also notify your state's attorney general or the FBI of a possible email scam.

Also, beware of a scam artist offering to buy your instruments sight unseen. Typically, they will ask for your bank account information. Recent examples of this scam were in French.

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Seller: Davis Moore, Northfield, MN
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Asking Price: $1,250.00 Negotiable
Size: 75cm
Papers: Yes
String Length: German Bow
Maker / Nationality: Horst John - Brazil - 148 grams
Performing Capacity: Solo, Orchestral, Chamber, Jazz
Additional Description: German bow by Horst John, silver mounted with snakewood frog. About 148 grams, the length (end to end) is 75cm; the hair (playing length) is 56 cm. It comes with a hard case, as well. The bow has a shorter frog than average, so could be good for small hands. Feel free to contact me for more information/questions.
CODE: 20230823

Davis Moore, Northfield, MN
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Seller: Glenn Bering, Ann Arbor, MI
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Asking Price: $2,400.00 Firm
Papers: No
Additional Description:
The Ampeg B-15 has been one of the favorite tube amplifiers of jazz double bassists since the 1960s.

Ampeg recently stopped making B 15 reissues (B15R). In the past they had reissued the B-15 in about 3 versions. This is the first version with the most power as well as options that were weakened or eliminated in later reissues. It’s also superior to the original B-15 I had in the early 70’s. Like all B15s, this one has the traditional fat round tone.

The last B-15R made by Ampeg had a power rating that could be switched between 30W RMS & 25W RMS. The one I’m selling has a switchable power rating of 100W RMS or 60W RMS. It also has a high frequency tweeter (horn) with level control, the later versions did not, nor did the originals.

While the latest version had Bass and Treble controls only, my earlier version also has a Mid control as well as a five position Mid frequency selector.

Other features on this amp include: Ultra High Switch, Ultra Low Switch, 0db & -15db input jacks, input gain control, master volume control, tube bias selector, impedance selector, line out/in, XLR balanced line out jack, line out level control, pre/post selector, and ground lift switch.

I bought this amp in Sept. 2000. It’s in flawless like-new condition. It works perfectly and has no cosmetic damage, no scuffs, scratches, etc. since it has never been out of the house and rarely used. All the original paperwork is included, as well as an unused clear plastic name plate with the Ampeg script. I’m not sure if Ampeg still offers the service of etching your name on it. Also included is a new Tuki fitted cover and the original dolly, which aren’t shown in the photos.

This item is for local pick-up only, near Ann Arbor, Michigan. Call and leave voice mail for the fastest response (No Text).
CODE: 20230811

Glenn Bering, Ann Arbor, MI
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Seller: Sharif Ibrahim, INDIANAPOLIS, IN
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Asking Price: $7,000.00 Or Best Offer
Size: 64.2c
Papers: No
String Length: French Bow
Maker / Nationality: Charles Bazin - 134 grams
Performing Capacity: Solo, Orchestral, Chamber, Jazz
Additional Description: Wonderfully aged bow with the perfect blend of colors. This bow has a deep frog with a supple, yet firm stick. It bounces just as well as it stays in the string, and is a very lively bow. I would also trade for a Solo Bass of similar value.
CODE: 20230722

Sharif Ibrahim, INDIANAPOLIS, IN
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Seller: Krista Kopper, Kansas City, KS
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Asking Price: $5,200.00 Negotiable
Size: 3/4
Date Made: 2008
Papers: No
Maker / Nationality: KC Strings
Performing Capacity: Solo, Orchestral, Chamber, Jazz
String Setup: 4-String
Shape: Violin Corners, Carved Back
Additional Description: KC Series bass from KC Strings bought in 2009. I am the original owner. Overall in very good condition with a few cracks that have been sealed. Fully carved instrument with spruce top and maple back and sides. This is a versatile instrument that would work well for a high school or college student or amateur player. Comes with adjustable bridge, bow quiver, and case.
CODE: 20230715

Krista Kopper, Kansas City, KS
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Seller: Glenn Bering, Ann Arbor, MI
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Asking Price: $6,800.00 Or Best Offer
Date Made: 2007
Papers: Yes
Maker / Nationality: Canadian
Additional Description:
I discovered Reid Hudson bows at the Bass Cellar in 1999 and was so impressed, I eventually ordered one in 2007. His bow has perfect balance, unlike some I’ve tried which were tip heavy. When I asked for his recommendation regarding round vs. octagonal, he suggested his preferred contour, which is elliptical. I’ve used the bow very little, and lately not at all. The wood is in flawless like-new condition with no scratches, dents or abrasions of any kind. I assume this is one of the very few gold mounted bows he made. The gold screw has a mother of pearl insert as shown in the photos. The tip and frog are 2cm or 7/8ths of an inch wide, while the weight, as shown on my postage scale, is approx. 150 grams or 4&1/2 oz. It will come in the hard case as shown. Please leave voicemail message, no texts.
International sales will only be made if full insurance and tracking is available.




CODE: 20230701

Glenn Bering, Ann Arbor, MI
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Seller: Nancy Heffernan, Dallas, TX
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Asking Price: $12,000.00 Negotiable
Size: 4/4
Date Made: 2004
Papers: No
String Length: 42
Maker / Nationality: Paesold (high end German Workshop) model 596V
Performing Capacity: Orchestral
String Setup: 4-String
Shape: Violin Corners
Additional Description: Overall length 74 1/2"; Body length 45"; Lower bouts 27"; Upper bouts 21"; sidewall 9"; Bridge to back 19". 3/4 size string length; 4/4 size body - fits perfectly in a 7/8 case. Recently cleaned, detailed and appraised by master bass luthier David Graham.
CODE: 20230713

Nancy Heffernan, Dallas, TX
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Seller: David Berg, Lakeville, MN
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Asking Price: $50,000.00 Or Best Offer
Size: full
Date Made: circa 1825
Papers: No
String Length: 42.25
Maker / Nationality: Abraham Prescott
Performing Capacity: Orchestral
String Setup: 4-String
Shape: Flat Back
Additional Description: Henry Portnoi, BSO Principal sold the bass in need of repair to Ed Maestro in 1974. Ed did repairs and sold it to James Clute in 1979. I purchased it from Clute in 1984.
It is in excellent health.
Take it and play it anywhere.
It has been in concert with Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
42.25 string length.
Rich sweet tone with that big Prescott bottom. Original tailpiece and the 3 original tuners as well as a 4th tuner copied and added when the instrument was changed to 4 strings. I've played about 8 or 9 different Prescotts and this is one of the best.
CODE: 20230628

David Berg, Lakeville, MN
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Seller: B.J. Olson
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Asking Price: $6,000.00 Firm
Size: 7/8
Date Made: 1920's
Papers: Yes
Maker / Nationality: Czechoslovakia
Performing Capacity: Orchestral, Jazz
String Setup: 4-String
Additional Description: Label: Harold/Jaeger/Reproduction of Antonio Stradivarius/ Cremona 1732 in Czechoslovakia. Beautiful mixture of hardwoods. Plays well in all registers. Professionally appraised by an independent luthier with excellent credentials.
CODE: 20230228

B.J. Olson
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Seller: Geoffrey Fleming, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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Asking Price: $8,000.00 Negotiable
Size: 3/4
Date Made: 2011
Papers: No
String Length: 39.5in.
Maker / Nationality: Solano, American
Performing Capacity: Solo, Chamber
String Setup: 4-String
Shape: Violin Corners
Additional Description: Extended fingerboard, unique compensating tailpiece, GenssLen "Rabath" strings, Mooradian deluxe bag. Excellent condition.
CODE: 20230211

Geoffrey Fleming, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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Seller: Ted Moniak, Maplewood, MO
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Asking Price: $20,000.00 Negotiable
Size: 3/4
Date Made: 1800s
Papers: No
String Length: 105.5mm
Maker / Nationality: Possible Charles Bailly French
Performing Capacity: Orchestral
String Setup: 4-String
Shape: Gamba Corners, Flat Back
Additional Description: Highly flamed Maple, Saint Louis Symphony bass for many years. Set up with Evah Pirazzi Weich strings.
CODE: 20221203


Seller: Keith Wymer, Kansas City, MO
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Asking Price: $36,000.00 Negotiable
Size: 3/4
Date Made: 2015
Papers: Yes
String Length: 42
Maker / Nationality: Guy Cole
Performing Capacity: Solo, Orchestral, Chamber, Jazz
String Setup: Low C Extension
Shape: Violin Corners, Carved Back
Additional Description: Wonderful bass made in 2015 by award-winning American maker Guy Cole. I am the original owner and purchased the bass at the 2015 ISB Convention, where it won certificates in the ISB Competition for both tone and workmanship. This is an exceptional orchestra/audition bass that I have used successfully at auditions and with various professional ensembles. The bass has a quick response with a wonderful presence in the low register and a sweet tone up high.

Back and sides are moderately flamed maple and the top is fairly tight-grained spruce. This particular Guy Cole has an impressive and somewhat unique one-piece back as well. The bass is fitted with an adjustable bridge and a New Harmony carbon fiber endpin (will include both solid and hollow endpins). The C-extension was installed by Robertson and Sons and features custom snakewood levers that match nicely with the varnish of the bass. The mother of pearl fingerboard dot inlays were installed by Chris Threlkeld at Heartland String Bass Shop who has also handled all set-up and maintenance work. The bass has never seen any major damage or repairs and is in excellent condition. Some slight varnish wear in the usual high-contact spots. Will include a well-fitted blue Mooridian case and a current appraisal from Robertson and Sons. Would consider a partial trade that includes a bass in the 15k range plus cash. Feel free to contact with any questions.
CODE: 20221007

Keith Wymer, Kansas City, MO
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Seller: Chi Yang, Elgin, IL
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Asking Price: $59.00 
Papers: No
Maker / Nationality: Jonas Lohse
Additional Description: Now available in English Version:
The Double Bass Book
400 years of low notes – The double bass: Its history, important makers, and bassists in classical music and jazz. Written by Jonas Lohse.
About this book
Hardcover, 240 pages, four-color printing throughout. The many photos and illustrations allow for a deep look into the world of the double bass and transform this book into a captivating and entertaining lecture for every bassist and music lover.
English Version translated by Martin Wind.

Ordering
The Double Bass Book is now available at Concord Int’l Group, Inc. (Manufacturer of Christopher Bass), the sole USA distributor. Please email info@concordgroup.com or call (847) 836-8688 to place an order.
The pre-order book price is $59.00 plus shipping ($10 priority)
Accept all major credit card payments.


CODE: 20221005

Chi Yang, Elgin, IL
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Seller: Patrick Spallinger, Pittsburgh, PA
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Asking Price: $5,000.00 Negotiable
Date Made: 1957
Papers: Yes
Maker / Nationality: Samuel Kolstein
Additional Description: 1957 Samuel Kolstein German double bass bow. One of Sam's earliest bows, probably #3, as indicated by registry #Old3 on appraisal. Appraisal and Cert. of Authenticity from Kolstein and Sons will be included. Bow will be professionally repaired upon purchase. Available for trial locally
CODE: 20221004

Patrick Spallinger, Pittsburgh, PA
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Seller: Michael Castagner
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Asking Price: $15,000.00 
Size: 7/8
Date Made: ca 1875
Papers: Yes
Maker / Nationality: German (Tyrol)
Performing Capacity: Solo, Orchestral, Chamber, Jazz
String Setup: 4-String
Shape: Gamba Corners, Flat Back
Additional Description: Beautiful double bass, 7/8 size made in Tyrol (Germany) circa 1875. It has a great woody sound that is ideal for jazz playing. Due to the angle of the fingerboard and the scroll, it cannot accept an extension. Top is medium grained spruce. The flat back is made from flamed maple wood of light curl. The varnish is of golden brown color. Well restored, authentic and excellent condition.
CODE: 30000101

Michael Castagner
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Seller: Robert Slack, Costa Mesa, CA
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Asking Price: $11,500.00 
Size: 3/4
Date Made: 1910
Papers: No
String Length: 43
Maker / Nationality: German made 'Morelli
Performing Capacity: Solo, Orchestral, Chamber, Jazz
String Setup: 4-String
Shape: Violin Corners
Additional Description: Nice Carved early 20th Century German Made Bass. Huge, Full Sound. No Major Condition issues. Presently set up for a Jazz Player. Nice Maple Back. Seller is on West Coast. Seller is open to reasonable offers.
CODE: 30000101

Robert Slack, Costa Mesa, CA
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Seller: Stephen Tramontozzi, San Francisco
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Asking Price: $68,000.00 
Date Made: 1920
Papers: No
String Length: 41.5 inches, 108 cm
Maker / Nationality: Italian
Performing Capacity: Orchestral
String Setup: 4-String
Additional Description: Labeled Giovanni Leoni, Parma, 1920. Beautiful bass in excellent condition. Original neck. Ribs and back of highly figured Lombardian poplar. Huge sound. Quick and flexible response. First class instrument
CODE: 30000101

Stephen Tramontozzi, San Francisco

Seller: Robert Evans, Durango Colorado
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Asking Price: $4,000.00 
Size: 3/4
Date Made: 1963
Papers: Yes
String Length: 41 Inches
Maker / Nationality: Kay, American
Performing Capacity: Solo, Orchestral, Chamber, Jazz
String Setup: 4-String
Additional Description: This Kay has received the benefit of extensive luthier work, which is reflected in its price. Work done by the Gage shop in NYC and Canyon Music Woodworks in southwest Colorado. The neck has been off (though never broken!) and reset twice, eliminating all of the dreck that is usually in Kay neck joints. The fingerboard is excellent ebony, properly dressed, and the bridge is a best quality Aubert. Pecanic tailpiece. I have never seen another Kay of this age in this condition. Used at home only for the past 15 years; possibly gigged in New Orleans a long time ago. Obligatos are on it now.
CODE: 30000101

Robert Evans, Durango Colorado
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