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SOLD Herold Jaeger, Flamed Maple Carved Back, 1930's bass *New Price*

Discussion in 'For Sale: Double Basses' started by Christopher K, Mar 16, 2020.

  1. Christopher K

    Christopher K

    Jul 25, 2016
    I am selling my 1930's Herold Jaeger Bass

    Bass comes with padded Bobelock Case in excellent condition.

    This bass has an amazing carved, flame maple back.

    The top is two piece vertical grain spruce.

    The ribs and neck are plain maple.

    The primary label in the bass reads: Herold Jaeger, Reproduction of Antonius Stradivarius Cremona 1732

    There is a second label inside the bass that says it was made in Germany although I have heard that Jaegers were Czech basses. This most likely is a labeling/import difference back in the 1930's.

    The bass has a honey-brown varnish. There are many threads in Talkbass about the superb varnish quality and sound of Jaegers. They are well made factory double basses that have a loud, punchy pizz and nice even arco throughout the instrument.

    I used this bass mostly for classical; however, I have lent the bass out to several accomplished visiting NYC jazz bassists and all have commented what a great jazz bass it is.

    This instrument has had plenty of playing time and there are several repairs that have been made over the years. The neck is original as well as the scroll with no damage or breaks to either. About 10 years ago when I purchased the bass, the luthier that I purchased it from went over and through the entire instrument to ensure that all repairs were solid. I had a new fingerboard put on this bass at that time as well and have used it as my second instrument so the board is in excellent condition and like new. The scroll has an extra half turn on the volute which is characteristic of Jaegers. Other than one seam reglued and some new strings, I have not had to have any work or repairs made to the bass since I have owned it.

    The bass is currently located in Maine but I travel frequently from Maine to Maryland and can arrange to bring the bass to anyone that is seriously interested. Or, you are more than welcome to make a trip up to Maine to try it out!

    Links to sound files below.


    String Length: ~42"
    Upper Bout: ~19 3/4"
    C Bout: ~14"
    Lower Bout: ~25"
    BOL: ~44 1/2"
    Width at Saddle: ~8"
    Width at neck: ~6 1/4"

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    Last edited: Jul 9, 2020
  2. almal


    Aug 28, 2006
    Kansas City
    Beautiful instrument! I have a Herald Jaeger plywood bass from 1934. Totally different animal but a superb bass in a different class. It sounds so good that I didn’t believe that it was a ply despite a chipping top where you could see the laminate layers. Good luck with the sale!
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  3. Christopher K

    Christopher K

    Jul 25, 2016
    Thank you for the comment. I have been impressed with quality of this bass. My understanding is that Edgar Meyer had (or maybe still has) a Jaeger from around the same year as mine. The only factory basses that I have found similar in sound are the Juzek MasterArt basses. I do think that the honey brown varnish on the Jaeger is of a higher quality than the Juzek finishes.
  4. Jim Dedrick

    Jim Dedrick Jim Dedrick

    Nov 8, 2016
    Ridgely, MD
    Is this instrument still available and how often are you in Maryland?
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  5. Christopher K

    Christopher K

    Jul 25, 2016
    Sound Cloud files added to listing.
  6. punchdrunk

    punchdrunk Inactive

    Jun 22, 2013
    That sounds beautiful. What a voice.
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  7. Christopher K

    Christopher K

    Jul 25, 2016
    Bass is out on trial this week.