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double bass luthiers

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [DB]' started by olps, Oct 1, 2002.

  1. olps


    Nov 12, 2001
    What are some great, renowned double bass makers/luthiers from the past, or present? Thanks.
  2. 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.
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  3. olps


    Nov 12, 2001
    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.
  4. 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.
  5. Jeff Bollbach

    Jeff Bollbach Jeff Bollbach Luthier, Inc.

    Dec 12, 2001
    freeport, ny
    Uh, Don-I believe alphabetical order would put Bollbach first over Schnitzer.
  6. Arnold - Jeff
    Fair is fair.
  7. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY

    One of many reasons I like to advise people not to mess with DONOSAUR...
  8. bulmer

    bulmer Guest

    Oct 1, 2002
    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.
  9. olps


    Nov 12, 2001
    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!
  10. 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.
  11. arnoldschnitzer

    arnoldschnitzer AES Fine Instruments

    Feb 16, 2002
    Brewster, NY, USA
    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.
  12. That's misspelled, Arnold.
    Happy now, Jeff?
  13. Jeff Bollbach

    Jeff Bollbach Jeff Bollbach Luthier, Inc.

    Dec 12, 2001
    freeport, ny
    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.
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  14. Jeff Bollbach

    Jeff Bollbach Jeff Bollbach Luthier, Inc.

    Dec 12, 2001
    freeport, ny
    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!]
  15. Since Arnold is selling one of my basses, my little joke could cost me big-time.
  16. Paul wang

    Paul wang

    Apr 21, 2016

    Are there any luthiers how specialise in coping old master luthiers instruments?
  17. Yes.
  18. Steve Swan

    Steve Swan

    Oct 12, 2004
    Burlingame, California
    Retailer: Shen, Sun, older European
    Hannah Mayne from Albuquerque, NM makes very nice basses, more in the custom realm rather than reproductions.
  19. dkimbrobass

    dkimbrobass Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2011
    Knoxville, TN
    I love Mike Shank in PA. shankstrings.com I believe.
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