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For Sale/Trade Abraham Prescott school Tewksbury Bass, Circa 1840

Discussion in 'For Sale: Double Basses' started by lcdck, May 4, 2017.


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  1. lcdck

    lcdck Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2011
    New York, NY
    Price:
    $39500
    Strings:
    4
    Location:
    New York
    For sale:

    An American made, Tewksbury bass (c. 1840) 7/8th size, flat back with a string length of 41.5" and has a perfect D neck. It has the Prescott school long, slanted f-holes connected at the eyes and open type D tuners.

    It was restored in 2001-2002 by Robbie McIntosh.

    The bass has a very big, deep sound bowed or plucked. The arco quality is beautiful and even all the way from bottom to the top. It plays very easily and is easy to get around on.

    For the last couple decades it has been used in professional symphony orchestras, Broadway shows (no amplifier needed), "big" bands, and jazz groups. These basses are not common and could make a great lifelong bass for a discerning professional.

    It is valued much higher than the asking price of $39,500. Reasonable offers will be considered.

    The bass is located in Brooklyn, NY. Please feel free to email me directly at lucdecker@gmail.com

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  2. Dude. Last time we talked you were looking at a Juzek with an extra hole in it, and now you're selling a Yanqui? Wow!
     
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  3. lcdck

    lcdck Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2011
    New York, NY
    Here are the dimensions:

    String length: 41.5"
    Upper bout: 21.75"
    Middle bout: 15.25"
    Lower bout: 26.5"
    Rib depth bottom: 8.175"
    Rib depth before taper in upper bout: 8"
    Rib depth at neck heel: 6.75"
    Length of body: 43"
     
  4. Is this John Beal's old bass? It is exactly like the one I owned years ago. Very nice.
     
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  5. lcdck

    lcdck Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2011
    New York, NY
    Yeah, this is Beal's bass.
     
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2017
  6. I've played that bass, she's gorgeous
     
  7. It's rather incredible that prices on double basses are dramatically rising yet a true Yankee bass with incredible sound and craftsmanship, not to mention mojo to die for would sit this long at such a reasonable price. This is a proud Yankee bass that hits way above most, would be an excellent all-arounder, jazz or classical section beast. In short, this is a steal.