I'm looking for a huge sounding instrument, an instrument
that's dead easy to play, an instrument that responds to everything
that you ask it to do, be it in the orchestra or in that jazz
cafe. Oh yes I am - but I don't want to pay 15 or 20 grand to
get it. Oh dear! This seems to be a familiar story that we hear
all too often at The Contrabass Shoppe, but one which we are
constantly trying to rectify.
For the amazing price of UK£11,000 this really
impressive-looking instrument - built in 2003 with the serious
orchestral / jazz player firmly in mind - will completely fulfil
all those high expectations. You don't believe me. Well come and
try it out, for I promise you that this instrument's sound department
is really quite exceptional.
Well this biggish (If you've stopped growing at
1.68 meters this instrument probably isn't for you.) instrument
boasts a well proportioned carved back, a simply massive table
area and a good deep rib depth (23.4cm on bottom bouts). In addition
all the thicknesses are correct and the neck angle is set perfectly
so that this instrument seems to just give and give and give. If
you are wondering - the sound is a full mature one and for all
you jazzers there is a sustain that just goes on and on.
Yes - you can say that again. This Rocca copy has
the advantage of nicely raked upper shoulders and the quality of
the maple used in its manufacture is truly exceptional. Just take
a look at the near horizontal flaming in the back and ribs - for
this quality of timber is normally reserved to make cellos. Just
take a look at the quality of the spruce used to make the table
- and marvel at the strong, straight even-medium grain. Fabulous
Our supplier has assured us that the wood used to
make these instruments has been naturally seasoned for at least
five years. Just to be absolutely sure that there will be no further
movement or shrinkage of the wood we've store it for an additional
four years before commencing the work on it.
We've meticulously set it up with the following;
i) A grade one fingerboard from India.
ii) A set of top-quality old-English style brass machine heads.
iii) A top quality brass endpin unit made entirely by hand here
iv) A top quality bridge imported directly from France.
v) Aluminium adjusters to allow quick change to the height of the
vi) A top quality ebony tailpiece
vi) A set of the reassuringly expensive Pirastro Flat-chrome strings
or Thomastic Spirocore Meds.
Hand made with absolutely stunning looks and an
awesome quality of sound - all for much less than the cost of a
new instrument from a modern maker. What else can I say except
that each time you play this instrument it is sure to bring a huge
smile to your face for this is a real wow of an instrument.
LOB (length of back) - 114.4cm (45.00in)
Width at the upper bouts - 52.5cm (20.65in)
Width at the middle bouts - 38.5cm (15.18in)
Width at the lower bouts - 68.4cm (26.98in)
Depth of lower ribs inc both plates- 23.4cm (9.15in)
- 62.0cm (24.40in)
St. length - 106.9cm (42.15in)