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Benedict lang 1920?

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by Dudie, Aug 16, 2005.


  1. Dudie

    Dudie

    Apr 26, 2004
    Sweden
    I`m in contact with a guy who has a carved Benedict Lang Bass that he wants to sell for 4000 USD. I did a google-search and found some basses made in the 50s-90s but none as old as 1920.
    Any information about Lang? Quality?

    Thanks!
     
  2. KSB - Ken Smith

    KSB - Ken Smith Banned Commercial User

    Mar 1, 2002
    Perkasie, PA USA
    Owner: Ken Smith Basses, Ltd.
    The Henley book has very little on him but there are books that focus on just the German School. I don't have that. I have "Worked in Mittenwald, 1925. Specialist in making Double Basses.

    Elgar just says "this Century". No dates given. Commercial business so many possibilities.
     
  3. Bud Rink

    Bud Rink

    May 5, 2000
    NYC, USA
    I have a carved Lang bass - it is one of those typically Mittenwald-ish shop basses, though I think it is quite nice. It has been estimated to be from mid-century, I do not think Lang was making basses back as far as the '20s, though I could be wrong.
     
  4. KSB - Ken Smith

    KSB - Ken Smith Banned Commercial User

    Mar 1, 2002
    Perkasie, PA USA
    Owner: Ken Smith Basses, Ltd.
    After Benedict Lang, the business was taken over by Rudolf Lang. I quoted Henley already from 1925. Is that not good enough for you or do you think the book is wrong?
     
  5. Bud Rink

    Bud Rink

    May 5, 2000
    NYC, USA
    Well, there's this (the complete entry from Elgar)

    Elgar was writing that in 1967. It's possible the OP concerns a Lang labeled bass from the '20s. But since I have one, I'm always on the lookout for other Langs out of curiousity sake - the vast majority I've come across are more recent. But I think we agree the most important thing is the bass itself, not the vintage?
     
  6. KSB - Ken Smith

    KSB - Ken Smith Banned Commercial User

    Mar 1, 2002
    Perkasie, PA USA
    Owner: Ken Smith Basses, Ltd.
    Elgar is a Comic Book in comparison to the Henley Dictonary. That is a well known fact within the Violin/Bass industry. Lang became a Commercial business and made many Basses. The older, better German Basses usually stayed abroad. It is mainly the lower grade Commercial Basses that were made for export from Germany. A few finer Basses made it here from Wilfer, Poellmann, Lang, Pfretzchner Etc. but the vast Majority of them were not high quality Basses.
     
  7. greene

    greene

    Dec 19, 2003
    New York City
    Ideal Music
    I have a hybrid Lang - I'll guess that its from the late 1970's early 1980's.
     
  8. Dudie

    Dudie

    Apr 26, 2004
    Sweden
    I did not buy the bass. It was in a realy bad shape and sounded like crap, i bought an other bass instead. See my other thread :smug: