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SOLD 1930 carved European flatback

Discussion in 'For Sale: Double Basses' started by Richard Simon, Jun 23, 2019.


  1. Richard Simon

    Richard Simon Supporting Member

    Dec 6, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    Price:
    3250
    Strings:
    4
    Location:
    California
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    For your consideration:

    A carved German (or Czech) 3/4 flatback bass dated 1930, priced to sell, built to last.

    Good condition for a nearly 90-year-old bass. Reddish/brown finish.
    Spruce top, maple back and sides, ebony fingerboard and tailpiece.
    Gamba style.

    Loud, bright tone, especially in the middle and upper registers.
    It currently sports Spirocore weichs (light gauge); your preferred strings would likely darken the tone.

    Carbon fiber end pin.

    Label says 1930, and bears the words, "Alfred Gunther, Bassist." Additional words appear on the label, but they are faint and indecipherable.

    Easy to play for those of smaller stature, and for those who like playing in the thumb position, because of the bass's sloping shoulders.

    Dimensions:
    - 47" down the back
    - 19.6" upper bout
    - 14.5" C bout
    - 25.7" lower bout
    - 42"string length
    - D neck

    The bass was once on consignment at LA Bass Works for $12,500.
    A written appraisal from Czechoslovakia values it at $13,000.

    Behind neck joint is a triangular plate showing the ends of three dowels. This is a typical neck repair on many an old bass. The neck joint is firm, and the notes are 'true' along the fingerboard.

    A new photo just added shows a little detail of the grain of the spruce on top.
     

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    Last edited: Jun 29, 2019
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  2. Richard Simon

    Richard Simon Supporting Member

    Dec 6, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    My end-of-month (and fiscal year) bills are nigh.
    Please note the drastic price reduction.
    Yes, there are Eastern Hemisphere basses aplenty for less money, but this bass is from the cradle of bass civilization - Germany, or maybe Czechoslovakia - and its workmanship is classic, its sound mature. It won't take years to realize its potential. The wood won't snap due to premature harvest or insufficient ageing. (Shen-splints, anyone?)
    OK, the neck on this bass was probably broken once, where it joins the body, but the repair is solid and unobtrusive.
    Make a fair offer, enjoy a 1930-vintage bass.
     
  3. Richard Simon

    Richard Simon Supporting Member

    Dec 6, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    Bass is still for sale.
    I botched a potential sale earlier, thinking I might keep the bass, but it remains available at this exceptional price.
    Will ship - reluctantly - for $500 within the Continental US.
    At under $4,000, this is still a very good deal on a carved, vintage bass.
     
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