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Seller: Glenn Bering, Ann Arbor, MI
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Asking Price: $4,800.00 Or Best Offer
Size: 8 str
Date Made: 1995
Papers: No
String Length: long scale
Maker / Nationality: West German
Performing Capacity: Solo, Jazz
String Setup: 8 String
Additional Description: This custom shop Warwick 8-string bass is in original like new condition. The active electronics work perfectly. The neck through body has no scratches, dents or belt buckle rash. The hardware shines with no oxidation. The lower octave has GHS Pressure Wound strings. The case has working locks with keys, solid hinges, handle, and no scuffs. Warwick quit making these cases years ago.
Warwick's current price to build this bass is $10,860 (not including case or shipping).
The serial number is A000424 95.
No international shipping.

CODE: 20240323

Glenn Bering, Ann Arbor, MI
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Seller: Glenn Bering, Ann Arbor, MI
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Asking Price: $60.00 Firm
Papers: No
Additional Description: Seven unused bass method books including Nanny Etudes, Complete Method, and 20 Virtuoso Etudes. Plus Storch-Hrabe volumes 1 & 2, The Doublebass Book (scales & arpeggios) and The Blues Improv. Patterns book.
All are clean and flat with no pencil marks.

$75 with free shipping within the US.
No international shipping.

CODE: 20241206

Glenn Bering, Ann Arbor, MI
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Seller: Justin Varnes, Tallahassee, FL
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Asking Price: $5,000.00 Or Best Offer
Date Made: 2013
Papers: Yes
Maker / Nationality: USA
Performing Capacity: Solo, Orchestral, Chamber, Jazz
Additional Description: I commissioned the amazing bow maker out of Denver, CO, Evan Orman, to build me a custom German bass bow. It is in pristine condition. I am only selling it because I don’t play it enough and this bow deserves to be played. This bow is worth $5,000. I have attached the letter of authentication from the bow builder. Comes with a double bow case and resin. It is in need of a rehair, but is otherwise pristine.

Inspired by H. R. Pfretschner
Round stick: Red-Brown Pernambuco
Fittings: Ebony and Silver
Head is in the style of a swan
Length: 69.5 cm
Weight: 136 grams

More pics available upon request
CODE: 20250213

Justin Varnes, Tallahassee, FL
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Seller: Mario Lamarre, Montreal, QC, Canada
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Asking Price: $42,000.00 Negotiable
Size: 7/8
Date Made: 2001
Papers: Yes
String Length: 45''
Maker / Nationality: Mario Lamarre
Performing Capacity: Solo, Orchestral
String Setup: 5-String
Shape: Violin Corners, Carved Back
Additional Description: Double bass model Lamario 2001 made by Mario Lamarre, Montreal, P.Q. Canada. This 5-string 7/8 violin style double bass has a low B extension built into the neck and features five (5) carved ebony capodastros as well as another C extension on the D string with one (1) capodastro . The two-piece table top is of fine, regular grain spruce. The two-piece arched back is of curly maple. Ribs come from the same wood as the back.
The peg box back is openwork and relief carved.
Dimensions:
Body length: 45”
Wide upper: 20 1/4”
Wide lower: 27 5/8”
Wide ribs:
Lower: 7 1/2”
Upper: 6 5/16”
Length string: 41”
The varnish is oil-based, a beautiful red brown.
PRICE: $55,000.CAD

CODE: 20250213

Mario Lamarre, Montreal, QC, Canada
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Seller: Eric Messerschmidt, Huntington Beach, CA
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Asking Price: $3,000.00 Negotiable
Size: 3/4
Date Made: 1946
Papers: No
String Length: 41.75
Maker / Nationality: Kay
Performing Capacity: Jazz
String Setup: 4-String
Shape: Violin Corners
Additional Description: Kay Model M-1 S#13515.
Upgraded ebony fingerboard.
Set up by John Peterson circa 2000.
Very Good Condition.
CODE: 20250116

Eric Messerschmidt, Huntington Beach, CA
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Seller: Tyler Abbott, Eugene, OR
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Asking Price: $45,000.00 
Size: 7/8
Date Made: 1850
Papers: Yes
String Length: 41 7/8
Maker / Nationality: Paul Claudot
Performing Capacity: Solo, Orchestral, Chamber, Jazz
String Setup: Low C Extension
Shape: Violin Corners, Carved Back
Additional Description: Appraised at $55k. All original, excellent condition, excellent setup. Claudot stamp on inside, signed under top table.
Most recent setup done by Robertson and Sons, including new bridge, fingerboard, and chromatic extension.
Neck projection work done by Arnold Schnitzer to bring into modern playing standards.
Played in major symphony orchestras, recent provenance known.

Dimensions:
Body length: 43 11/16”
Upper bout: 21 3/4"
Middle bout: 14 9/16”
Lower bout: 26 15/16”
String Length: 41 7/8”

More info:
Superb sound—very big and deep character.
Bridge can be moved north for 41 ½” String Length while still sounding great and very playable.
Knowledgeable sources have said the signature on the inside is an indication that the instrument was made by the maker himself, rather than a “shop” bass.

CODE: 20250103

Tyler Abbott, Eugene, OR
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Seller: Paul Madigan, Ellocott City, MD
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Asking Price: $9,000.00 Negotiable
Size: 7/8
Date Made: 2008
Papers: No
String Length: 41 3/4 in
Maker / Nationality: Kolstein
Performing Capacity: Orchestral, Chamber, Jazz
String Setup: 4-String
Shape: Violin Corners
Additional Description: I'm the original owner of this bass, which I purchased from Shank's Strings back in 2009.

It has been an incredible instrument, very solid. I don't think I can overstate how solid this bass is: seems to never go out of tune. Speaks well and is very easy to play. Excellent projection/fairly loud.

When I bought this bass, I had Mike Shank make a (then) new bridge and nut that facilitated a slightly closer string spacing (as I have small is hands). We also cut the adjusters off of the tailpiece to reduce weight and increase projection. The bass is currently setup with that bridge and nut and comes with Fishman Full Circle pickup and soft case as shown. Original Kolstein adjustable bridge and nut are included in sale. Stand is not included.

This is a great bass for a student or entry level professional. Sentimental values aside, I really have been on the fence about listing. Thought about keeping as spare (really doesn't deserve to be called a "beater") for gigs...but it's not getting played and I really don't have the need, utility and room to keep.

One would be hard pressed to find a comparable bass in this shape, with these sound qualities for the price listed. <-That reason alone has been why I have apprehension to sell.

Pictures aren't the best as they were taken with cell phone on an overcast day.

Adapted description from Kolstein's site below. Measurements are approximations (i.e. I assume they are accurate but haven't compared).

Kolstein Fendt Model Bass Violin 7/8 Size, Violin-cornered, 2008

Top table is a two-piece plate of medium vertical grained spruce
Back table is a two-piece plate of slab-cut willow
Ribs of matching willow to that of the back table
Individual Rococo brass tuners
Varnish is deep reddish brown with amber hues; antiqued
This instrument is one of the most successful designs from the Kolstein shop. It has received world-wide acclaim for tonal quality, projection and evenness. This contemporary bass has the characteristics of a much higher priced instrument.
Overall body length: 45 1/4in.
Width at the upper bout: 20 1/4 in.
Width at the center bout: 15 1/8 in.
Width at the lower bout: 26 7/8 in.
Mensure (string length): 41 3/4 in


Located in Maryland.
Local pick up only (i.e. will not ship).
Cash or Paypal accepted.
CODE: 20241014

Paul Madigan, Ellocott City, MD
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Seller: Damian Rutti, Copley, OH
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Asking Price: $15,000.00 Negotiable
Size: 3/4
Date Made: 2007
Papers: No
String Length: 41 1/8
Maker / Nationality: W Desola Germany/Connecticut
Performing Capacity: Solo, Orchestral, Chamber, Jazz
String Setup: Low C Extension
Shape: Gamba Corners
Additional Description: A great bass for all kinds of music. Having the superb balance, durability, and tone of many desirable New Standard Basses. Its player-friendly shape will fit any bassist. Exceptionally easy to use with an even tone and strong projection.
Bridge and Extension put on by Nick Lloyd. A fit for fans of Edgar Meyer and Paul Kowart. Bass is in mint condition.

Feel free to reach out for info and trialing.
CODE: 20240812

Damian Rutti, Copley, OH
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Seller: Scott McCullough, Noblesville, Indiana
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Asking Price: $34,500.00 Or Best Offer
Size: 7/8
Date Made: 2016
Papers: No
String Length: 41
Maker / Nationality: Nick LLoyd
Performing Capacity: Solo, Orchestral, Chamber, Jazz
String Setup: 5-String
Shape: Gamba Corners, Flat Back
Additional Description: One owner
~41" string length
~two-piece engelman spruce top of medium grain
~two-piece quarter-cut well-flamed walnut flatback
~ribs of similar walnut
~flamed maple 5-string scroll/neck and ebony fingerboard ~travel neck
~deep red-brown oil varnish
~gamba outline
~baroque f-holes
~5 english key Sloane tuners, lightly antiqued
~tailpiece of wenge wood
~carbon fiber endpin
~walnut bumpers
CODE: 20240806

Scott McCullough, Noblesville, Indiana
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Seller: Kirk Adie, Marietta, OH
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Asking Price: $7,500.00 
Size: 7/8
Date Made: 1953
Papers: No
Maker / Nationality: John Jusek
Performing Capacity: Solo, Orchestral, Jazz
String Setup: 4-String
Shape: Gamba Corners, Flat Back
Additional Description: privately owned past 48 years
Have full size soft canvas bag
CODE: 20240825


Seller: Alex Jenkins, Highlands, NJ
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Asking Price: $2,000.00 
Size: 122g
Date Made: early 2000s
Papers: No
Maker / Nationality: Z. Prochownik
Performing Capacity: Solo, Chamber, Jazz
Additional Description: An excellent bow for solo work as well as chamber music. I have used it off and on for 20 years or so and absolutely love how easy it is to play but unfortunately have to sell it to finance another. Would also make for an excellent step up bow for a dedicated student.
CODE: 20240615

Alex Jenkins, Highlands, NJ
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Seller: Guillermo Delgado, Buenos Aires, Cap Federal, Argentina
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Asking Price: $20.00 Negotiable
Size: 3/4
Date Made: 1920
Papers: No
String Length: 41 1/2
Maker / Nationality: Unknown author (italian)
Performing Capacity: Solo, Orchestral, Chamber, Jazz
String Setup: 4-String
Shape: Gamba Corners, Flat Back
Additional Description: Beautiful sounding instrument, with lot of overtones and plenty of capacities for classical and jazz music. Italian sound for a very affordable price. It will be available for trial at Ann Arbor Bass Convention in a few days.
CODE: 20240530

Guillermo Delgado, Buenos Aires, Cap Federal, Argentina
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Seller: Janet Cannon, Ann Arbor, MI
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Asking Price: $17,000.00 Negotiable
Size: 5/8
Date Made: Late 17th
Papers: Yes
String Length: 40.5
Maker / Nationality: Tyrolean
Performing Capacity: Solo, Orchestral, Chamber, Jazz
String Setup: 4-String
Shape: Gamba Corners, Flat Back
Additional Description: Modern head and neck, restored Sam Kolstein 1980s, recently repaired. Warm sound.
CODE: 20240608

Janet Cannon, Ann Arbor, MI
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Seller: Chi Yang, Elgin, IL
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Asking Price: $1,500.00 Negotiable
Papers: No
Additional Description: Travel Full Size Bass Trunk. It can hold up to 4/4 bass. We have several cases in stock. It’s a brand-new case. Please read the spec sheet for dimensions. Order now, we can arrange to ship the case to your hotel or local freight terminal for the bass you purchase at ISB convention. Please email us to get the shipping cost – from Chicago to Michigan. It’s only one day transit time.
CODE: 20240522

Chi Yang, Elgin, IL
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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: 20241005

Chi Yang, Elgin, IL
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Seller: Sonia Ray, Goiania, GOIAS, Brazil
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Asking Price: $15,000.00 Negotiable
Size: 3/4
Date Made: 1960s
Papers: No
String Length: 102
Maker / Nationality: Salt Lake City Luthiers
Performing Capacity: Solo, Orchestral, Chamber, Jazz
String Setup: Removable Low D adapter
Shape: Gamba Corners, Carved Back
Additional Description: This instrument is very special. It has a deep tone quality, good response for both pizz and bow. It was built is Germany and adjusted and repaired by well known Salt Lake City brothers who kept a famous shop during late 1960s/1980s. I've bought it in 1996 during my years in Iowa as doctoral student and it have been served me very well in both orchestra and chamber music during all these years.
The instrument will be available at ISB Convention in Ann Arbor. Sonia Ray will be using it for Qualea Trio's performance on June 6th at 10AM (Arthur Miller Theater).

CODE: 20240503

Sonia Ray, Goiania, GOIAS, Brazil
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Seller: Dennis James, New York, NY
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Asking Price: $38,000.00 Negotiable
Size: 3/4
Date Made: Late 19th Century
Papers: Yes
String Length: 40 1/4
Maker / Nationality: Italian
Performing Capacity: Solo, Orchestral, Chamber
String Setup: 4-String
Shape: Gamba Corners
Additional Description: Excellent condition with a beautiful rich high quality sound that carries well in any playing situation. Extremely comfortable to play and a great audition instrument.
CODE: 20240405

Dennis James, New York, NY
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Seller: Davis Pierson, Plano, TX
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Asking Price: $30,000.00 Negotiable
Size: 3/4
Date Made: Circa 1900
Papers: Yes
String Length: 41.5
Maker / Nationality: Unknown German
Performing Capacity: Solo, Orchestral, Chamber, Jazz
String Setup: Low C Extension
Shape: Gamba Corners, Carved Back
Additional Description: I am selling my old German bass that has gotten me through most of my undergraduate studies. This bass has done well in a handful of auditions and is an excellent orchestral bass. It has a huge rich sound and is very articulate with an even sound throughout all registers. I recently had work done on it by Mitch Moehring and he described the feel and sound of the bass to be similar to an old English bass.

Overview:
The maker is unknown and was made around the late 19th century to early 1900’s in Germany. It was restored in 2019 by Robertson and Sons Violin Shop. There are no cracks on the top or back of the instrument and is in excellent condition for how old it is. It has a two piece highly flamed maple back with matching ribs and scroll. The top is highly figured spruce. The bass has a custom Robertson’s chromatic extension and has had a neck graft to fit modern playing set up (original scroll). Has been drilled for the Laborie style endpins. The bass also had new tuning machines and a custom ebony tailpiece made by Chris Threlkeld. It also has some dot inlays done by Joey Naegr.

Measurements:

3/4 size Gamba-cornered
Round Back
Overall body length: 44”
Width at Upper bout: 20”
Width at center bout: 14.25”
Width at lower bout: 26”
String Length: 41.5”
D-neck

I am in Texas and can drive anywhere in Texas or nearby states for trials!
CODE: 20240403

Davis Pierson, Plano, TX
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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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