The “Professor” Double Bass by Hawkes & Son, London circa 1910
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 such a decent overall condition, 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 (43.88in)
Width across upper bouts - 56.0cm (22.06in)
Width across middle bouts - 40.4cm (15.87in)
Width across lower bouts - 66.1cm (26.00in)
Depth of lower ribs inc both plates - 23.2cm (9.15in)
Body stop - 61.0cm (24.00in)
String length - 106.1cm (41.75in)