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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: 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: Frank Yolango, NORTHPORT, NY
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Asking Price: $34,000.00 Negotiable
Size: 7/8
Date Made: 12/8/2018
Papers: Yes
String Length: 42
Maker / Nationality: Edward Maday
Performing Capacity: Solo, Orchestral, Jazz
String Setup: 4-String
Shape: Violin Corners, Carved Back
Additional Description: All hand carved. Hand carved Horse head scroll. Black cherry Tailpiece with Mother of Pearl inlayAlpine Spruce Top, Catalpa Back and ribs. Bosnian Maple Neck
CODE: 20220721

Frank Yolango, NORTHPORT, NY
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Seller: Geoffrey Fleming, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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Asking Price: $12,000.00 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: 20220211

Geoffrey Fleming, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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Seller: Joseph Heindel, Akron, OH
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Asking Price: $24,000.00 Or Best Offer
Size: 3/4
Date Made: 2020
Papers: Yes
String Length: 41 3/8
Maker / Nationality: American
String Setup: Low C Extension
Shape: Flat Back
Additional Description: 2020 Heindel ¾ double bass, El Delfino

100 year old sitka spruce top
Figured maple back, sides and neck
Ebony trim
Seth Kimmel inspired back x-bracing design
New Harmony carbon fiber end pin and bridge adjusters
Irving Sloane tuning machines (lightweight)
Joey Naeger inspired setup
Evah Pirazzi (Weich) strings
Aubert bridge
Heindel extension
Custom Messina soft shell case
Heindel body design (inspired by John Lott, Panormo, Karr-Koussevitzky (Amati), Gofriller (okay a little of everything)
Upper bout: 22” (56mm)
Lower bout 27” (68.5mm)
Body length 44 ⅜” (112.5)
C-bout 14 ¾” (37.5mm)
Scale length 41 ⅜” (105mm)
Width at nut 1.65” (41.75mm)
D stop at heel (D neck)
Low C -Extension scale length 52” (132mm)

Website:

www.heindelguitars.com

Price: $24,000

Contact Joe Heindel for questions, pictures or information:

Email: heindelj@yahoo.com

Phone: 330-634-4429

Thanks for looking!

CODE: 20220510

Joseph Heindel, Akron, OH
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Seller: Alex Jenkins, Highlands, NJ
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Asking Price: $3,000.00 Negotiable
Size: 133g
Date Made: 2008
Papers: No
Maker / Nationality: B. Michael Dölling / German
Performing Capacity: Solo, Orchestral, Chamber, Jazz
Additional Description: An excellent daily driver. Exceptional balance and playability are the hallmarks of Bernd’s bows and this one is no exception. Played throughout a Juilliard Undergraduate degree and off and on professionally, this bow can do the work day in and day out.

Tip to frog end 26”
Length of playable hair 22 1/4”
Width of hair at frog 22mm
Width of hair at tip 14mm
CODE: 20220624

Alex Jenkins, Highlands, NJ
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Seller: Alex Jenkins, Highlands, NJ
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Asking Price: $8,000.00 Negotiable
Size: 3/4
Date Made: 2003
Papers: No
String Length: 41”
Maker / Nationality: Jovanovic & Son, designed by Christian Laborie
Performing Capacity: Solo, Orchestral, Chamber, Jazz
String Setup: 4-String
Shape: Gamba Corners
Additional Description: A small 3/4 sloped shoulder gamba bass designed by Christian Laborie. This bass was purchased in 2003 and used by a student of George Vance and later in Juilliard Pre-College and undergraduate programs. An exceptional bass for a younger aspiring bass player or a solo bass for an accomplished player. Recently set up by Mike Shank of Shank’s Strings, this bass has a focused and clear tone with plenty of projection and is a joy to play in the solo register.
CODE: 20220624

Alex Jenkins, Highlands, NJ
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Seller: A.J. Gorter, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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Asking Price: $10,500.00 Negotiable
Size: 3/4
Date Made: mid 19th century
Papers: No
String Length: 107 cm / 42
Maker / Nationality: Unknown Bohemian/German
Performing Capacity: Jazz
String Setup: 4-String
Shape: Gamba Corners, Flat Back
Additional Description: Looking for new owner after 58 years with my friend Michiel Dhont: Clear and even sounding bass with great sustain and warm sound. Spruce top, maple flat back with screwed on center slat, beech neck and scroll, ebony fingerboard. Various cracks but in good state of repair, according to valuation by Lucas Suringar.
More info at https://dolphy.home.xs4all.nl/contrabas_te_koop/
CODE: 20220612

A.J. Gorter, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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Seller: Michael DeSocio, Queensbury, NY
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Asking Price: $9,500.00 Negotiable
Size: 7/8
Date Made: March 2019
Papers: Yes
String Length: 42
Maker / Nationality: Kolstein and Son
Performing Capacity: Solo, Orchestral, Jazz
String Setup: 4-String
Shape: Violin Corners, Large Shoulders, Flat Back
Additional Description: Purchased new in June 2019. Full sound. Comes with Kolstein fitted bag. Has either Belcanto Solos or Orchestral, your choice.
CODE: 20220609

Michael DeSocio, Queensbury, NY
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Seller: David Berg, Lakeville, MN
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Asking Price: $50,000.00 
Size: full
Date Made: c. 1825
Papers: No
String Length: 42.25
Maker / Nationality: Abraham Prescott
Performing Capacity: Orchestral
String Setup: 4-String
Shape: Gamba Corners, Flat Back
Additional Description: D neck
Prescott X brace back
Henry Portnoi sold this bass to Ed Maestro in need of repair in about 1974.
Ed made repairs and sold it to Jim Clute around 1979.
I have owned it since 1984.
It has the original tailpiece and the 3 original tuners. A 4th tuner (copy) has been added.
CODE: 20220604

David Berg, Lakeville, MN
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Seller: Larry Dalton, St. Paul, Minnesota
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Asking Price: $5,000.00 Negotiable
Size: 7/8
Date Made: early 1900's
Papers: No
String Length: 43 3/4
Maker / Nationality: German
Performing Capacity: Orchestral, Jazz
String Setup: 4-String
Shape: Gamba Corners
Additional Description: D neck, upper bout - 21 1/4", lower bout - 27 1/2", body length - 46 1/2", C bout - 15 1/2", width at nut 1 5/8, drilled for Laborie end pin, Realist pickup, Pirastro Obligato strings. new top 2003, “Soundfwear” heavy-duty bass bag included.
CODE: 20220529

Larry Dalton, St. Paul, Minnesota
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Seller: Sharif Ibrahim, Bloomington, IN
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Asking Price: $4,000.00 Negotiable
Size: 147g
Date Made: 1970s
Papers: No
Maker / Nationality: John Norwood Lee French Bow
Performing Capacity: Solo, Orchestral, Chamber, Jazz
Additional Description: Since purchasing in 2016, I have been a finalist for the Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, and won a position with the Atlanta Symphony using this bow. It is a lovely bow that pulls a deep, dark, and luscious tone and compliments the double bass' darkness by adding a robust sequence of undertones that really carry well in a big room. Used on a variety of basses, it never disappoints. As an orchestra stick, it stays in the string with a nice warm hug that gives the player comfort during more complicated passages with bow strokes, and it is a top tier bow for lyrical solo playing due to it's natural feeling weight and comfortable frog. It's a professional level bow that has served me very well. For those of you looking for a bow that will set you up for college and get you prepared for an audition, this is that bow! For orchestral veterans looking for their Mahler and Brahms bow, buy this bow and let me borrow it for Mahler and Brahms once i'm back in an orchestra. This bow brings the bass! Thanks for looking!
CODE: 20220526

Sharif Ibrahim, Bloomington, IN
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Seller: Jean PAVIE, PARIS FRANCE
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Asking Price: $96,800.00 Or Best Offer
Size: 1/2
Date Made: 1843
Papers: Yes
String Length: 104cm
Maker / Nationality: Nicolas Vuillaume
Performing Capacity: Solo, Chamber
String Setup: 4-String
Shape: Violin Corners, Large Shoulders, Carved Back
Additional Description: Exceptional sounding instrument. Beautiful timbre and depth. Perfect for a soloist or chamber music.

Authentic, in excellent condition, with later scroll. Certificate.
CODE: 20220426

Jean PAVIE, PARIS FRANCE
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Seller: Nelson de Sa e Silva, WHEATON, IL
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Asking Price: $26,000.00 Negotiable
Size: 3/4
Date Made: 1860
Papers: No
String Length: 41 3/4 inches
Maker / Nationality: Markneukirchen, Germany
Performing Capacity: Solo, Orchestral, Chamber, Jazz
String Setup: 4-String
Additional Description: 3/4 size viol shaped flatback string bass in good condition made in Markneukirchen. Germany
circa 1860. The top is of two piece spruce with wide grain. The back is of two piece
plain maple with ribs matching. The original scroll is beechwood. Deep, full sound.
Configured in "Chicago style" by Scott Henrie of Chicago IL.
CODE: 20220314

Nelson de Sa e Silva, WHEATON, IL
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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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