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1953 Benedikt Lang 5 String FS - $14,000

Discussion in 'For Sale: Double Basses & Bows' started by fifteenrabbits, Dec 12, 2013.


  1. fifteenrabbits

    fifteenrabbits

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    Good afternoon TBers!

    I am looking to sell my 1953 Benedikt Lang five-string.

    It is an incredible 5/8 bass with a lot of tone and volume for its size. I had a Gotz endpin installed. It is currently set up with a low B.

    Here are the measurements:

    Scale length - 40"
    Upper bout (widest) - 19 1/4"
    Waist (narrowest) - 14 1/2"
    Lower bout (widest) - 26"
    Body length (not including heel or endpin)- 41"
    Bass height (not including endpin) - 79"
    Rib Depth - 8 5/8"

    It will come equipped with a Realist and a standard Mooradian case. It will not come with the bow quiver. You can have one of the damp-its. ;)

    I purchased it from David Gage in 2003 for $13,000 for just the bass, before tax. It was appraised at the time for $16,000 and was informally valued more recently (at David Gage) for $18,000.

    You can come play the bass in the beautiful Cedar Park neighborhood of Philadelphia, PA.

    Feel free to contact with questions and offers.

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  2. mtb777

    mtb777 Serving bottom for the Most High. Supporting Member

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    Out of my price range, but I sure would like to see the rest of the bass! I like the fact that it's a 5er and a 5/8ths. Nice.
  3. fifteenrabbits

    fifteenrabbits

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    Good call, MTB! My bad! And thank you!
  4. fifteenrabbits

    fifteenrabbits

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    I put up a full picture of the bass. It was the only one that I had. :/ I'll get some new pictures up soon. :) Thanks again, MTB!
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  6. LouisF

    LouisF Supporting Member

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    How does it sound unamplified? For orchestral work? Thanks
    Louis

    PS: Dimensions? String Length? Thanks
  7. fifteenrabbits

    fifteenrabbits

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    Hi Louis!

    Thanks for the questions!

    The unamplified sound is tops! It's really rich with a wholly present lowend. Not as boomy as larger basses, though. I think that gives you an idea about how it might fare in an orchestra setting. It doesn't lack in volume or presence, but it doesn't have quite as much boom as its larger counterparts.

    Here is the only recording I could find of it: http://headwomb.bandcamp.com/track/song-from-the-seventh-floor

    That was recorded with a large diaphragm Neumann condenser. If I recall correctly, we didn't do much (if any) processing on the signal.

    I've been busy, so I haven't had a chance to check until now, but here's what I got for dimensions:

    Scale length - 40"
    Upper bout (widest) - 19 1/4"
    Waist (narrowest) - 14 1/2"
    Lower bout (widest) - 26"
    Body length (not including heel or endpin)- 41"
    Bass height (not including endpin) - 79"
  8. LouisF

    LouisF Supporting Member

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    Nice playing and a nice tune. I'm hoping to be on the East coast in late jan or Feb.Maybe I can get down to Philly for a test drive. Thanks
    Louis
  9. fifteenrabbits

    fifteenrabbits

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    Thanks Louis!

    Unfortunately I'll be on tour from mid-January until mid-March. I've sent you a message!
  10. mtb777

    mtb777 Serving bottom for the Most High. Supporting Member

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    I keep coming back to look at this thing.

    Beautiful bump.

    Very nice tone as well. Are you doing any of the Arco voices as well ? Just my cup of tea. 5/8 and low B. I come from EBG and have an NS EUB and just was spoiled by my buddy with 6 months loan of his jazz setup 54 Epiphone upright that I started playing every week at church. They loved it. I miss it. Now I'm Jonesing for an upright of my own.
  11. fifteenrabbits

    fifteenrabbits

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    I did not do any of the arco voices on that! Here's a rough mix of something that I'm working on right now. In the beginning you can hear some col legno on top of regular arco. at about 59 seconds you can hear the open low b very clearly. then it goes to pizz, back to arco for a sec, and back to pizz. I am the only viol family instrument on this recording, but I did play the guitar swells! ;)

    6 months of an upright! I can understand how you're heartbroken!
  12. fifteenrabbits

    fifteenrabbits

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    Bump! This bass is still for sale! I've been on tour, and then sick in the hospital for some time, but I'm back and need to move this thing! Hit me up!
  13. fifteenrabbits

    fifteenrabbits

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    Still for sale! <3
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