Reviews

Contrabass Shoppe Workshop Double Bass Gabrielli Model anno 2004 – Review

Contrabass Shoppe Workshop Double Bass Gabrielli Model anno 2004 – Review

Introduction 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. Wow - it sure is a great looking model for a bass. 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...

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Jéróme Thibouville-Lamy Double Bass circa 1920 – Review

Jéróme Thibouville-Lamy Double Bass circa 1920 – Review

Instrument description Jerome Thibouville-Lamy circa 1920 viol-shaped with flat back. Wood The table is made of an even-medium grained spruce. A particular characteristic of this table wood, and one that is extremely handsome, is a flame-like effect caused by the visibility of medullary rays rippling through the wood. This suggests that the wood was split at a lesser angle than that used for quarter-sawn timber. The back is made from maple that shows a strong vertical grain. There is little natural flaming. The ribs and scroll are also made of maple of minimal real figuration. What is visible on the...

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Wilhelm Durrschmidt Double Bass, Markneukirchen anno 1929 – Review

Wilhelm Durrschmidt Double Bass, Markneukirchen anno 1929 – Review

One can't miss the original label on the inside back of this instrument for it measures approximately 20cm x 8xm in size. On the label the printing states ‘Wilhelm Durrschmidt, Gigen und Lautenmacher, Markneukirchen /Sa. anno 1929'. The initials DW are hand written in ink towards the left hand side and there is a decorative border. According to the volume on German and Austrian Violin Makers by Karel Jalovec (pub 1967) Wilhelm August Durrschmidt was born on 11-03-1863 and died on the 17-10-1937. In 1887 Durrschmidt founded a workshop in Markneukirchen from which he made stringed instruments, lutes and parts...

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Akos Balazs, Budapest, Bronze Series Double Bass anno 2008 – Review

Akos Balazs, Budapest, Bronze Series Double Bass anno 2008 – Review

Tell me a bit about the maker of this instrument. Akos Balazs is a talented young maker from Budapest in Hungary. His work is neat and well thought out. Best of all - his instruments sound really good. What is a Bronze Series? Akos has three grades of instrument - Gold, Silver and Bronze. Just as a medal is awarded at the Olympic Games - based on performance, Akos has adopted this simple grading system to identify the quality of each instrument that he makes. How do the qualities differ in the Series? As mentioned in our first paragraph -...

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