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For Sale 18th Century Italian bass

Discussion in 'For Sale: Double Basses' started by Ben Joella, Dec 16, 2017.

  1. Ben Joella

    Ben Joella Supporting Member

    May 31, 2004
    Boca Raton, FL
    New York
    Regrettably, I am parting with my personal instrument that helped me to win two professional orchestra auditions during the time that I was actively auditioning. The bass has your typical lush, spreading, complex Italian tone and is incredibly easy to play as well. It doesn't fight you anywhere on the bass.

    The bass is a composite Italian instrument. By composite I mean that the top, back, and scroll are clearly 18th Century Italian. The neck and sides are of a later era. The bass is labeled Francesco Zani 1739. That date is consistent with details about Francesco Zani posted on the auction site Cremonae and shown in the attached image.

    The bass has fresh varnish and a new fingerboard. It features a removable neck system and is being sold with a deluxe Mooradian bag and flight case. Basically it is ready to hit the audition trail if that is your aim. It is a perfect fit in a professional section and has a tone that is comparable with any other fine instrument. Additionally, the bass has a beautiful solo and chamber tone.

    I am selling the bass to fund other projects, so unfortunately I cannot consider trades.


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  2. Danielgl


    Jan 9, 2018
  3. Ben Joella

    Ben Joella Supporting Member

    May 31, 2004
    Boca Raton, FL
    Hi Daniel. I replied to your private conversation.