Boosey & Hawkes “Concert” Double Bass anno 1938
This imposing instrument bears it's original label which states: The Concert Bass, (Registered), No1 1938 - Boosey & Hawkes Ltd, 295 Regent Street, London W1. A second label gives the number 634 in large figures.
With it's violin outline, full swell back and outer linings, the model is grand and impressive.
It is a well-known fact that the majority of Hawkes double basses had a very hard life, so to find this particular example in a near mint state, is quite remarkable indeed. With its massive sound and full-tone this really is an attractive option for an upwardly mobile, budget-conscious orchestral professional.
Fitted with a set of Thomastic Spirocore meds or softs, it really does produce the kind of juicy-groove sounds that you jazz guys & chicks are all after.
In terms of investment potential, this fashionable piece of bass making history is sure to provide excellent dividends.
LOB (length of back) - 111.5cm (43.80in)
Width across upper bouts - 56.9cm (22.40in)
Width across middle bouts - 40.6cm (15.95in)
Width across lower bouts - 68.2cm (26.85in)
Depth of lower ribs inc both plates- 23.2cm (9.16in)
Body Stop - 60.7cm (23.85in)
String length - 105.8cm (41.65in)