We regularly get asked to supply a professional quality instrument
- that looks, feels and sounds just like a really old instrument
- yet doesn't cost as much as those really old instruments - well
here it is.
Yes - we think that the model and dimensions of this
instrument are absolutely perfect for a wide range of players.
For starters the violin outline coupled with a flat back and upper
angle break fits in perfectly with those classic English basses
that all the pros seem to have. Next - just take a look at those
nice deep ribs - designed to help produce that deep dark sort of
sound that all those big English basses seem to throw out.
Finally - just for the time being - take a look at those nicely
raked upper shoulders - designed to allow easy access to those
positions up amongst the rosin dust. You've got to wonder why Lott,
Fendt and Kennedy didn't think more along these lines. Perhaps
it was because the orchestral players of their day never reached
much above the neck positions!
Well yes it does - and once again we asked
a huge number of you up and coming star-players what you really,
really wanted and this is the result - extra-special quality "antique" style
varnish. Just look at those layers of warm red-brown varnish, just
look at its wonderful opaqueness and its fine surface cracquelleur.
Fabulous stuff indeed.
We think that this varnish job really exudes strength and quality
and is definitely some of the best that you'll see on any modern
The maple used in the back and ribs - is cut partly on the quarter.
Flame is visible on the back while branch marking in the ribs add
character and create a wonderful feast for the eye.
Our supplier has assured us that the wood used to make this instrument
has been naturally seasoned for at least five years. In addition
- and just to be absolutely sure that no further movement or shrinkage
of the wood will take place - we've store this instrument for two
whole years before commencing any work on it and presenting it
We've popped in a stunning medium-flamed neck with small radius
curve to enable a precise 1st finger D at its base. We've then
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 compensated ebony tailpiece
vi) A set of the reassuringly expensive Pirastro Flat-chrome strings
Looks like an old bass, feels like an old bass, and sounds like
an old bass - and all for a price that is much, much less than
the cost of a new instrument from a modern maker.
You definitely must come and try out this bass. We're quite sure
that you'll be much more than impressed.
LOB (length of back) - 114.8cm (45.20in)
Width across upper bouts - 52.5cm (20.65in)
Width across middle bouts - 40.6cm (16.00in)
Width across lower bouts - 64.5cm (25.40in)
Depth of lower ribs inc both plates- 23.3cm (9.20in)
Body Stop - 60.0cm (23.65in)
String length - 106.0cm (41.75in)