Reviews

Prentice-Balazs Anglo-Hungarian Collaboration Double Bass anno 2008 – Review

Prentice-Balazs Anglo-Hungarian Collaboration Double Bass anno 2008 – Review

How come this instrument is a collaboration between a retired English maker and a young Hungarian maker? Yes - good question. In November 2004 The Contrabass Shoppe purchased a large quantity of English sycamore for the construction of double basses and cellos from Ronald Prentice - a retired English bass maker. Along with the wood and other various items purchased were two partially completed double basses. In 2008 - Tony Houska - the Director of The Contrabass Shoppe commissioned the young Hungarian maker Akos Balazs to finish the two instruments off. Hmm interesting. Exactly how partially complete was this instrument?...

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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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