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English Double Bass by William Calow, Nottingham circa 1870

English Double Bass by William Calow, Nottingham circa 1870

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The really nice thing about this well-made instrument is that in comparison to other English instruments of the period it has slightly smaller proportions, which of course make it very comfy to play indeed. Although the instrument does not bear a maker’s label, it was in fact branded Calow, Nottingham at the root of the old neck. The old neck, although retained with the instrument was necessarily replaced during the course of our restoration program. Indeed, the Calow attribution is fully supported by the Guarneri-esque model, arching and stylistic features, the use of English sycamore, and the gorgeous golden-brown textured varnish, are all typical of Calow’s output.

The instrument possesses a really responsive, well-balanced sound.


LOB (length of back) - 112.7cm (44.35in)
Width across upper bouts - 52.0cm (20.50in)
Width across middle bouts - 38.4cm (15.15in)
Width across lower bouts - 70.0cm (27.50in)
Depth of lower ribs inc both plates - 20.0cm (7.85in)
Body Stop - 60.0cm (23.65in)
String length - 105.5cm (41.50in)

Reference number #2732