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Early-Mid 19th Century American Bass

Discussion in 'For Sale: Double Basses' started by RZang, Sep 9, 2013.

  1. RZang


    Apr 22, 2013
    Owned for 35 years, but played for only the first 3. It's time for this treasure to move on. I do not have a clear history on the Bass prior to my purchase (purchased from a Berklee prof.) It sure looks like what you think it is, and experienced eyes have confirmed that it has all the construction and design hallmarks of...but no label, so, it is an early-mid 19th century American Bass that is believed to come from New Hampshire. Needs considerable work - but what a sound! Link to more pics http://www.flickr.com/photos/pyratcaptain/sets/72157635444699933/


    Thank you for your interest.

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  2. Where are you located?
  3. bazzo


    Oct 8, 2006
    Can you give us a general idea of what work is needed to
    bring it into shape? Looks like a beauty!
  4. dtosky


    Jan 4, 2010
    Could you post a picture that shows the side of the pegbox? I'm curious about the plates and tuning machines on this instrument. Thanks
  5. Mark Leue

    Mark Leue

    Aug 29, 2012
    Ashfield, MA
    Luthier, Mark Leue Stringed Instruments
    How can I best contact you? Thanks, Mark
  6. drdom101


    Sep 28, 2004
    Please could you contact me about this bass. Thanks.
  7. d.Fly

    d.Fly Supporting Member

    Apr 8, 2002
    PM sent
  8. robinunit

    robinunit Supporting Member

    Aug 9, 2010

    I'm interested in knowing more about this instrument. Feel free to pm me or email me at Robin.Betton@gmail.com
  9. I have a feeling this will be a problem when the seller does reply.. Because I think we all want it.
  10. Bruce Gertz

    Bruce Gertz Bruce Gertz

    Oct 31, 2005
    Boston, MA
    I'm curious as to the ribs. Are they like this X inside? I'm also interested in the table length. It really does have a familiar look but I have never owned a Prescott. Bruce
  11. RZang


    Apr 22, 2013
    The Bass has been sold - but FWIW, the Bass did not have X bracing on the back, which I am told is both indicative of some Prescotts, but not others. Go figure. New Hampshire guys are nuts.

    Also - I was led to this Bass by one of your predecessors - John Neves, a man that I truly enjoyed as a teacher and as an individual. Interestingly, One of the bidders for the Bass was also a student of Johns - odd connections everywhere with this one.

    Thank you for your interest.

  12. mdcbass

    mdcbass Supporting Member

    Feb 6, 2005
    Seacoast of NH
    Congratulations to you for the speedy sale and to the new owner of this old bass. Perhaps he/she will share the story and pictures of the "considerable work" as it is being done.
  13. Interesting. My bass is a tyrolian bass I bought from John Neves over 30 years ago. He was a teacher of mine while I was in High School, before I went to Berklee. He must have bought and sold several basses over the years. He was a good teacher and a good guy.
  14. Provbass1

    Provbass1 Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2009
    I knew John too. He was quite a character. Liked to hang out with us young students. He offered to sell me a bass one night at his apartment, but it only had 3 strings, so I didn't.
    Also no money. I was playing on a Kay bass then. He had a great gig at the Playboy club that he liked to talk about.