Shoppe Workshop with newly completed glass-fibre roof.
and skylights fitted too!
Oct 2010. A job well done. Jerome Bruynooghe concentrating on the final few finishing touches to a "rebuild" that consumed over 400 hrs of his time.
The instrument is very early Venetian.
Contrabass Shoppe was delighted to sponsor Christopher Hunter's
performances of "The Double Bass" at the New End Theatre
in Hampstead, London during April 2011.
The tragic-comic one man play was written by Patrick Süskind
and is about an orchestral bass player in crisis. Something
that many of us can relate to!
The production was a near sell-out and received excellent critical
Oct 2010. Visiting from France and hard at work are restorers Jerome Bruynooghe and Colin Margalhan-Ferrat. The brief was to set-up as many basses as possible. Mind those fingers Colin.
Leon Bosch (with one of our Italian basses)
- having given Shoppe director Tony Houska a copy of his
newly released CD - "The Russian Double Bass".
Holding Bosch's first two CD's are young talent Ruan Baartman
(far right) from South Africa and visiting restorer Jeroen
Bruynooghe (far left) from France.
Tony Houska with freelance bow consultant Stephen Thomson
Ljungberg from Sweden had his golden-amber Carbon Fibre Flight
Case dropped off at London Heathrow T3 - June 2010. Sven
bought and collected the case for his son. What a great Dad
to have! If you are at all worried about the
traffic warden - I'm pleased to say that this one was reasonably
the Swiss Alps! In early Feb ’09 the UK experience
the heaviest snow falls for 18 years. Despite transport being
paralyzed Marc Ramirez – principle bass of the Orchestra
Gulbenkian Lisboa – showed incredible determination
in getting to the Shoppe for his appointment.
guitar player Ian King had his new acoustic bass customised
with mother-of-pearl dots. Ian is a band member for various
West End shows and has performed with Rick Astley, Sister
Sledge, Gloria Gaynor and James Taylor Quartet. Ian is seen
here using The Realist Transducer and Schertler Unico Amplifier.
Houska congratulates Marcin Maciejewski on purchasing a J.
Haide L'Ancienne bass. Marcin plays with the 'Polska
Orkiestra Sinfonia Iuventus', in Poland.
Trolley's delivery arriving at The Shoppe
May 09 - Basses loaded and ready to go to the Junior Guildhall Double Bass Day at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London.
The Contrabass Shoppe sponsored the event and the day was enjoyed by the many that participated and attended.
10 - Fully wrapped to protect from cold & bumps - our
superb Neuner & Hornsteiner 5 string bass is all ready
to be crated and then flown to its new home in Japan. In
height it measures 217cm, in width 87cm!
Gary in his workshop
with six platinum coloured Hybrid Flight Cases made for
the Trondheim Syfoniorkester, Norway. A seventh case is
nearing completion for a player in the USA
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