Double bass labeled Hawkes Concert Model, Picadilly Circus, London. Faded pencil marking seems to indicate 1904 on close inspection. Classic English design and sound.
This bass is in excellent condition for its age. It has minimal cracking and repair work and was recently retouched and inspected by Bob Ross (Ross double bass), and he was impressed by its health. Also recently inspected by Aaron Robertson who also commented again how great of shape it is in- perhaps one of the best Hawkes he's ever seen. Perfect quarter sawn cuts. Maple sides and back, spruce top. Stored in humidity controlled studio.
The neck was reset by Robertson's and has an extended overstand to facilitate easier thumb playing (several thousands to have this done). The fingerboard was also excellently planed in 2004 and is buzz free with low action, even while playing pizz. Also has hole drilled in bottom for Laborie endpin.
This bass was purchased from Robertson's Violins by me in 2002 and was previously owned by a classmate of Aaron Robertson's at the Curtis institute. It has been used for professional jazz, orchestral playing, and Broadway shows and excellent at all. Large, dark, and resonant tone. Audio clips available if you're interested.
Includes a custom made $450 Mooradian deluxe gig back in red which fits it perfectly. Zippers and bag refurbished in 2009 by Mooradian.
This bass is currently in Denver and I will have it at the ISB convention in San Fran first half of week only (June 6-8, Mon-Wed), have to leave Thursday morning. If you are interested in seeing the bass there or purchasing it, please contact me to make arrangements.
Dimensions taken by Bob Ross:
String length 42"
Lower bout: 25.875" ( 657mm)
c bout: 15.5" (394mm)
upper bout 21.75" (552mm)
rib depth till break is pretty much 8.5" (216mm) then narrowing to 6" (152mm) at neck
From the bottom of the neck block to the the bottom of the saddle is 43.25" (1099mm)
The length of the back from the bottom to the top of the button I have as 44.75" (1137mm) $35,000