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Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [DB]' started by olps, Oct 1, 2002.
What are some great, renowned double bass makers/luthiers from the past, or present? Thanks.
I'm afraid that "great" and "reknowned" don't necessarily describe the same person. And "reknowned" to whom? I'll venture that next to nobody knows who Lou DeLeone is. But any worthwhile luthier in the northeast does, as do the elite bassists.
I should have said "a bass luthier who makes great basses". I just need to be able to find some info about a bass uthier who makes great basses.
I have played fine basses made by (in alphabetical order) Arnold Schnitzer and Jeff Bollbach. Sorry, Jeff, he's my luthier. Barrie Kolstein made a nice copy of Charlie Urbant's 1699 bass. I have a gem made by Lou DeLeone's father, restored by Arnold, but I guess you want living people.
Uh, Don-I believe alphabetical order would put Bollbach first over Schnitzer.
Arnold - Jeff
Fair is fair.
One of many reasons I like to advise people not to mess with DONOSAUR...
I have been really enjoying my 2000 Romano Solano 3/4 bass which I recently purchased as the second owner. The construction is massive, while the details are very fine (violin corners) with an incredible scroll. I usally name my instruments after women, but this one I am calling "Divine" after the transvestite actor from John Water's cult movie Hairspray.
Excellent, thanks guys. Can anyone throw out some names of past luthiers? Prefereably ones that had built basses for great players (ie Dragonetti, Bottesini etc.). Thanks alto!
Gasparo da Salo; Maggini; The Testore family (there were 3 or 4 of them that made basses); I think Bottesini played a Maggini, Dragonetti a Testore; Joseph and Vincenzo Panormo.
More current bass-makers for your research: Dan Hachez (New Mexico), Thomas Martin (England), Michael Krahmer (Germany), Horst Gruenert (Germany), Stefan Krattemacher (England), Sirletto Brothers (Italy), Luciano Bini (Italy), Jean Auray (France). My apologies to anyone whose name I have mispelled and others I've omitted.
That's misspelled, Arnold.
Happy now, Jeff?
This could be a big undertaking-especially if we wanted to list dead guys. There'd be many hundreds. Prolly best to try to dent modern makers-those are the only really good basses that most of us could afford anyway. A few not mentioned so far would be Steve Reilly, Patrick Charton[France], BJ Kolstien, and of course our own Bob Branstetter and Nick Lloyd. The Kruz guys at KC Strings. Robbie MacIntosh. James Hamm[blame Canada?], who made a bass for Gary Karr with an adjustable neck.
BTW, no apologies to anyone whose name I MISSPELLED or omitted. In fact they can kiss my arse.
I guess I can sleep well tonite knowing that none of my basses have been named after transvestite actors. [Not that there's anything wrong with that!]
Since Arnold is selling one of my basses, my little joke could cost me big-time.
Are there any luthiers how specialise in coping old master luthiers instruments?
Hannah Mayne from Albuquerque, NM makes very nice basses, more in the custom realm rather than reproductions.
I love Mike Shank in PA. shankstrings.com I believe.