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About us at The Contrabass Shoppe

In addition to being recognised as the  'Numero Uno' for professional quality double basses in the UK, "The Contrabass Shoppe" has gained an enviable global-reputation for the meticulous presentation of their instruments and the outstanding qualities of sound and tone that they induce from each and every double bass in what is a sizeable inventory.

"We know exactly what type of instrument both dealers and musicians are seeking"

For musicians our aim is to offer you a double bass of unquestionable authenticity and structural soundness, that will complement your playing and prove in time to be a worthy investment. 

For the dealer our aim is to provide you with a service that is able to cater for almost all your double bass requirements - instruments and bows, in every price range and in any quality and quantity.

We are particularly interested in attracting and serving overseas customers who will find our service exemplary. Our shippers will carefully pack your selected items and ship to most destinations within three days, and on request bypass the unnecessary delays of customs clearance to be delivered directly to you via our door to door service.

On offer in The Contrabass Shoppe is a truly mouth-watering international selection of fine Italian, English, French and German instruments with a price range starting at about £5000 and rising to investment quality instruments in the £60000 region.

As a former member in the double bass section of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, director Anthony Houska knows exactly how a good instrument should sound, feel and look.

We estimate that Instruments purchased from "The Contrabass Shoppe" are currently appreciating in value at approximately 10% per annum. With this in mind we recently achieved a UK record price for this fine English instrument by Thomas Kennedy.

All our instruments have been totally overhauled as necessary by our skilled restorers and are offered in fine playing condition. Only top quality fittings such as fingerboards, bridges, strings and endpin units have been utilized in this process.

Although not listed, we very often have a number of "Trade" instruments, mainly of French and German origin that although require a degree of restoration are ideal for the home or overseas markets.

Should any instruments be of interest please E-mail us your details and we will be happy to forward you detailed digital images of your selected instruments for you to download and study at your leisure.

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English instrument by Thomas Kennedy

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Anthony Houska
Director of  The Contrabass Shoppe

Anthony Houska - Director of The Contrabass Shoppe

Anthony studied double bass at the Royal Academy of Music and was awarded both the Stainton Dalby Scholarship and in two successive years the Martin Musical Scholarship. He gained his Professional Certificate in July 1981.

Anthony has a wide experience of orchestral, chamber and ballet music from playing as a freelance musician with The London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic and BBC orchestras plus numerous regional orchestras. Anthony became a member of the London Philharmonic in 1989, relinquishing his position at the end of the 1995 season to concentrate on his rapidly expanding instrument business. Brought up in a positive art and antiques environment and with skills in both woodwork and metalwork Anthony took a strong interest in the history, construction, business and trade of old violins, making his first serious violin purchase in 1980 at the age of twenty. His articles published in the "Double Bassist" magazine by Orpheus Publications Ltd have been well acknowledged. They reveal the true extent of his experience.

Anthony gains much pleasure from the many exciting facets of running an instrument business and most especially when a badly neglected instrument or bow is restored to its original glory and returned into the hands of a player for him or her to make music.

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Prices, Terms and Conditions

You will find our price structures for instruments very competitive. Because we work on a large and quick turnover of stock, we are able to offer the vendor a much higher price than an auction house, frequently with an instant cash settlement, whereas every prospective purchaser will be pleased because our mark up is only small. For those musicians who wish to upgrade to a better quality instrument then our guarantee to accept your instrument back at its full purchase price, whatever the stage of your career, is a comforting reassurance of our integrity.

We currently have an outstanding selection of Quality and Top Quality instruments and bows to offer you and will be pleased to see you at your convenience. Please contact us before coming because this is by appointment only.

All measurements and information details are for your guidance only.

Condition reports are available on request, however we do advise that you inspect items carefully and fully satisfy yourself that they are of merchantable quality. 

Any instruments taken out on approval are at your liability and on the understanding that any loss or damage will be paid for in full. 

Any goods supplied remain the property of The Contrabass Shoppe until paid for in full. 

Please note that our stock, lists and prices are liable to change quite frequently and we reserve the right to do so at any time.

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Other Services

1) We are happy to consider any part-exchanges or sales on a commission basis.

2) We are happy to offer advice and bidding at auction on a commission basis.

3) We are happy to offer you a verbal opinion on your instrument and if necessary provide a valuation for insurance purposes.

4) Besides an extensive selection of instruments we sell a number of accessories for the double bass.

5) We sell a number of new and antique books about the double bass.

6) If you want a particular instrument or bow that isn't available on our web-site pages then our free "Sourcing Service" is proving extremely popular. Simply let us know exactly what you are looking for and we'll try and find it for you through our many contacts.

Above all we hope very much to offer you a friendly service and advice should you be considering buying, selling or part exchanging instruments or bows at this moment or at some point in the future.

Please phone us for a chat or to arrange an appointment or send us an E-mail with any questions or comments about the instruments on this web-site.

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Use of the web site
www.contrabass. co.uk

While it is our intention to keep information up-to-date and accurate The Contrabass Shoppe cannot guarantee either. If errors are brought to our attention we will try to correct them.

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The Contrabass Shoppe will not be liable for any damages of any kind arising from the use of this site, including but not limited to direct, indirect, incidental, punitive and consequential damages.

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Copyright and the Use of Text and Image Files

The text and image files that The Contrabass Shoppe have made available on this web site (www.contrabass.co.uk) are intended as an "electronic catalogue" or "brochure" to enhance public access to information about The Contrabass Shoppe, the services that they offer and their available stock of instruments and accessories.

Users may download these files for personal use only, subject to any additional terms or restrictions, which may be provided with an individual file.

The Contrabass Shoppe specifically retains any rights, including copyright that it may have in data, image, text or any other information these files may contain under the Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988.

Any commercial use or publication of these Documents and Web pages are strictly prohibited without authorization.

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