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For Sale Abraham Prescott c. 1830 NEW PHOTOS!

Discussion in 'For Sale: Double Basses' started by mbradt, Sep 3, 2019.


  1. mbradt

    mbradt Supporting Member

    Jun 29, 2003
    Price:
    $55000
    Strings:
    4
    Location:
    Alabama
    This instrument was played in the Alabama Symphony Orchestra for over 40 years. Upon my retirement from the orchestra the instrument is now for sale. IMG_0108.jpg
     
  2. Sam Dingle

    Sam Dingle Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2011
    Tallahassee
    Oh my god you're killin me....
     
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  3. Steve Freides

    Steve Freides Former Mannes College Theory Faculty Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Ridgewood, NJ
    Congratulations on your retirement. Is this by chance a video that includes you and/or this bass? It's quite a nice performance, IMHO.



    -S-
     
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  4. Keyser Soze

    Keyser Soze Supporting Member

    Congratulations, sir, on your career and your retirement. Happy Trails to You.

    That is a nice performance posted above. Thanks for that, Steve. Made my afternoon.
     
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  5. mbradt

    mbradt Supporting Member

    Jun 29, 2003
    Thanks y'all! That's me and the bass. We have a great hall that is very bass friendly. My first concert with the orchestra was Beethoven 9 in 1978. My last concert with the orchestra was Beethoven 9 on June 1 of this year. I purchased the Prescott from a member of the section who retired in 1980.
     
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  6. birgebass

    birgebass

    Nov 7, 2011
    Arkansas
    What a bass!
     
  7. Sam Dingle

    Sam Dingle Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2011
    Tallahassee
    Man I went to my car and couch cushions to find money and came up just short of the asking price. I'll check some pants pockets.
     
  8. Keith Rawlings

    Keith Rawlings Supporting Member

    Aug 3, 2019
    What a beautiful instrument!
     
  9. LouisF

    LouisF Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    Dare I ask the dimensions? Thanks!
     
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  10. Jesse Hoskins

    Jesse Hoskins

    Nov 2, 2016
    Sexy.
     
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  11. groooooove

    groooooove Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    I bet the tape measure would read "perfect" across all measurements :thumbsup:


    I am curious about this as well, especially string length... A lot of these were originally 45" (yikes) but restored a few generations ago to 42.5"
     
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  12. mbradt

    mbradt Supporting Member

    Jun 29, 2003
    Wow!, thanks for all the nice descriptions. I am fortunate to be close to Nashville where I can use the services of Dustin Williams, one of the best bass luthiers anywhere. When I brought it to him in June for a final cleaning and tune up he picked up the bass, plucked a note and said one word: "chocolate"

    The string length is 41". Yes, it was probably altered from the original string length.

    Body= 44"
    Upper Bout= 21"
    C Bout= 14"
    Lower Bout= 26"
     
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  13. groooooove

    groooooove Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    wow. I can't imagine a more desireable bass: 41" string is really the direction most players want to go in right now, it's a prescott (we've all heard of him!), it's old, it's been living in a symphony getting played for decades..

    this will be an easy purchase for the person that ends up with it...
     
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  14. john allemond

    john allemond Supporting Member

    Enjoy your retirement sir....the Beethoven is lovely and timeless, and the bass is a treasure.
     
  15. mbradt

    mbradt Supporting Member

    Jun 29, 2003
    Thanks everyone! Talk bass is a great community!
     
  16. I'd love to see more photos of this baby...
     
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  17. mbradt

    mbradt Supporting Member

    Jun 29, 2003
    Thanks Jason, no problem, give me a day or so and I’ll upload some more photos.
     
  18. mbradt

    mbradt Supporting Member

    Jun 29, 2003
  19. That's amazing. What a bass! Love to see the back and the scroll. The label is just incredible to see. I've never seen one before.
     
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  20. birgebass

    birgebass

    Nov 7, 2011
    Arkansas
    Whew! Thanks for posting more photos!
     

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