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SOLD mid 1800s Tyrolean gamba flatback

Discussion in 'For Sale: Double Basses' started by Matt.E.Stein, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. Price:
    I'm selling my hand carved Tyrolean gamba flatback bass from the mid 1800s. Made in the German/Tyrolean area in Europe. Gamba shape with flat-back, inlaid purfling, sides and back are tight flamed maple. Nice medium dark brown "violin" finish. I bought this bass from a friend and it's performed well in a variety of contexts... classical, jazz, bluegrass, tango, etc. It sounds great and has a beautiful, rich tone both pizz and arco

    It has recently been to both Chuck Treagor and Mike Shank. Chuck did his scientific sound work on it and installed a nice mahogany endpin. Shortly before I bought the bass, Mike installed a new tailpiece, bridge, nut and ebony fingerboard, and more recently Mike installed a new tailpiece wire, soundpost and Fishman full circle pickup.

    This is a full sounding, big 3/4 size bass. I've mostly had Garbos, guts and the heritage strings on this bass and they've all felt/sounded great on this instrument. I would consider a trade or partial trade for an electric (particularly looking for an older p-bass).

    here are some approximate dimensions. String length is 42-3/4". Body length is 42-3/4". Lower bout is 25-1/4". Middle bout is 14-3/4". Upper bout is 20-3/8". Body depth is 8-3/8".

    I'm asking $5000 (Mike Shank has this bass appraised at $10-12,000)

    I'm located in Ardmore, PA (just outside Philadelphia). Come check out this great deal on a beautiful instrument!

    Tyrolean front.jpg

    (more pics below)
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2015
  2. pics...

    Tyrolean front.jpg

    Tyrolean side.jpg
  3. nelsoncascais


    Feb 1, 2012
    Hi Matt

    Your bass looks good.
    Would you consider shipping it to Lisbon-Portugal?
  4. I'd prefer a local pickup. Thanks.
  5. Eric Hochberg

    Eric Hochberg Supporting Member

    Jul 7, 2004
    Does it have a neck block?
  6. nope. "blockless wonder".
  7. arseniotall


    Dec 24, 2005
    I drooled over this bass for months and have played it a rack of times. It is an awesome instrument. And that was before Matt got the work done on it. Good luck with the sale!
  8. dmill629


    Apr 13, 2013
    Ithaca, NY
    Is this bass still available?

  9. Yes. Sorry, I didn't realize my inbox was full. I just sent you a PM.
  10. I'm sorry for the lack of updates. I've decided to keep the bass for the foreseeable future.
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2015
  11. I'm putting this bass back on the market. It's strung with a new set of animas and is really singing. If you're interested in a big instrument with a big/deep tone, this might be the bass for you.

    $6000 obo. local pickup only.
  12. ranjit76


    Aug 11, 2014
    I sent you a message
  13. price drop- $5800 firm. includes full circle pickup and a relatively new set of animas.

    come check it out before I remember how great of an instrument this is and take it off the market again!
  14. happy to include a good black padded case and full circle pickup in the sale.
  15. still for sale? i know it's been a while
  16. Yes, still for sale.
  17. This bass is still for sale. Sad to say I have to part with it, mainly for financial reasons. I may put it on consignment somewhere soon, so please get in touch if you'd like a good deal on an excellent instrument! I'd love to see it left in good hands.
  18. Price drop - $5600
  19. bump.