Prescott Fan Club

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by drurb, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. drurb

    drurb Oracle, Ancient Order of Rass Hattur; Mem. #1, EPC Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2004
    I don't have one, but I'm a fan. Anybody out there have one and willing to post pics?
  2. NicholasF

    NicholasF Guest

    Jan 17, 2012
    I played a really nice one at david gages shop, it was A M A Z I N G, it not only felt nice, it was resonant and loud
  3. Eric Rene Roy

    Eric Rene Roy Supporting Member

    Mar 19, 2002
    Mystic, CT
    Vice President: Upton Bass String Instrument Co.
    I have one completely disassembled in a small box I was restoring (and need to get back into!!!) but if I put a pic up it will only remind Gary that I haven't worked on it in quite awhile... :(

    Oh wait...he's probably reading this... ;)
  4. powerbass


    Nov 2, 2006
    western MA
    My bass teacher has a Prescott, I call it the sub woofer.
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  6. chris1125


    May 14, 2007
    I love Prescotts, I've always said the day I hit the lottery I'm going to buy a prescott, the next day I'm going to commission a sue lipkins bow, then I will be set for life haha
  7. I played one at TCU bass fest in the vendor area, and as soon as I began playing everyone in the room turned and looked, even those playing other basses. I call it the "Look everyone, I'm here to play bass!" bass. :D
  8. Sam Sherry

    Sam Sherry Inadvertent Microtonalist Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2001
    Portland, ME
    Euphonic Audio "Player"
    Last year at the Uptons I played one that simply had The Voice. It was this one. Ungodly. I have never played a nicer-sounding instrument.

    I think of it as the "Listen everyone!" bass. People who look at me cry no matter what instrument I'm playing.

    Don't get me wrong -- I dig my bass and I dig the way it isn't 170 years old and worth twice as much as both my cars. But dag, that thing was special!
  9. I thought this was about the city in Arizona. witch just happens to be a great place for gigging. Very friendly to bands on the road.
  10. HunterBrodt


    Aug 24, 2009
    Wow.... Fail.

    Prescott is a double bass maker from the 1800's
  11. I think it's pretty darn clear that Jeff was just cracking a joke. :)
  12. eerbrev


    Dec 6, 2009
    Ottawa, ON, CAN
    I think I played the same bass as you last summer. Bussetto, with an extension? I don't think it even made it onto the website. Fantastic instrument. they had another precott there as well when I swung by, a gamba, that was also a monster.

  13. A good friend and great bassist has two Prescotts, and there are at least three more here in Cincinnati (two being in the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra). The Prescott my friend plays most of the time is simply amazing and a joy to play.

    Here's a link to a (somewhat dated) list of Prescotts:

    BTW Andy Stetson at the Cincinnati Bass Cellar makes excellent reproductions of Prescotts. Might be a good way for someone to get a Prescott-style bass without having to spend the money the real thing commands.
  14. hensonbass

    hensonbass Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2004
    Atlanta, GA
    I got real lucky when in 1988 I bought mine from my teacher. Kolstein had performed a full restoration in 1987.

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  15. JDBassist51


    Sep 30, 2012
    Sherman NY
    On the record album cover jacket "The Best of The Limeliters" from the 1960's, Lou appears to be playing a fine looking Prescott. There are several of these albums listed on eBay, for anyone who would like to see it.

  16. MrPeel


    Aug 21, 2012
    I've never played or heard a Prescott, but the reputation seems to be quite incredible.
    Can you guys tell me what it is that makes them so highly sought after?
    Aside from being beautiful... I love the varnish and design of them as well.
  17. drurb

    drurb Oracle, Ancient Order of Rass Hattur; Mem. #1, EPC Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2004
    Just play one. That'll be all you need. IMO, words don't capture it well.
  18. powerbass


    Nov 2, 2006
    western MA
    I posted earlier hat my teacher Wayne Roberts has a Prescott. I've briefly played it. it has such a deep, rich tone, it vibrates the floor. it is also very easy to play, granted it has a longer string length, but it is very smooth
  19. Heifetzbass

    Heifetzbass Commercial User

    Feb 6, 2004
    Upstate, SC
    Owner, Gencarelli Bass Works and Fine String Instruments, LLC.
    That is one sweet Prescott you have Rob. One of the nicest I have played!

  20. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    A lot depends on the bass, I was talking with Dave Finck, a number of years back, and he has a Prescott that he says "sounds great, but is a bear to play". I did get to thump a few on Linc Milliman's Prescott when he was picking it up from Gage's and that was very easy to play.
    Here's a buncha video's of Phil Palombi playing Scottie's Prescott....
  21. MaxJohnson


    Jan 29, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    John Hebert's Prescott is my favorite bass in NYC.