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EXCELLENT 1928 CZECH 5 STRING DOUBLE BASS

Discussion in 'DB Classifieds Archive' started by vjfourfreshmen, Oct 10, 2004.


  1. FOR SALE: EXCELLENT 1928 CZECH 5 STRING DOUBLE BASS
    This bass has a clear, deep, resonant sound good for both bowing and plucking. The low B string really shakes the whole house! The fully carved bass is gamba shaped and was upgraded to a 5 string design in 1998 by Lisa Gass, a fine luthier in Los Angeles. That upgrade includes gorgeous silver tuning gears; new neck (very playable for 5 string), scroll, extended fingerboard planed perfectly across the entire register, gotz endpin, adjustable bridge, tailpiece, and a 5 string set of thomastik spirocore strings or your preferred choice of strings. Included is a Mooradian fully padded cover and a bass wheel for ease of transportation. I can supply a student level bow as well.

    The deep, clear tone and extended low range are perfect for an orchestral setting with playing ease and flexibility that only a 5 string offers. This bass also does remarkably well in an acoustic (or amplified) jazz situation. I have also used the bass for opera, big band, pop, and recording with wonderful results as the clear tone throughout the range makes it a perfect all around bass. The bass is like a mix between Dennis Trembly (Los Angeles Philharmonic principal) and John Clayton (jazz virtuoso). I love this bass but must sell.

    6 years ago in 1998 the bass was appraised at $10,000. Lisa Gass (the luthier who upgraded) verbally appraised it at $12,000 in March, 2004. With this bass you are fully prepared to execute anything and more that the music demands. I am lowering the price from $10,900 to $10,000 and will consider any serious offers. This bass is worth every penny.

    The bass is currently in Long Beach, CA. I am willing to drive the bass within reason to potential serious buyers (or buyer may come to the bass). I also have a trunk if it needs to be shipped. Or the buyer may supply his/her own trunk. Buyer will receive all paper work, including the insurance appraisal and upgrades.

    All inquiries may be directed to Vince Johnson: vjjohnson3@yahoo.com 831 539 6630
    www.fourfreshmen.com

    There are two accompanying photos which also display the student level bow. I can email more pictures to anyone who desires.
     

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