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Prescotts and other 1800s Yankee Basses

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by KSB - Ken Smith, Nov 1, 2005.


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  1. KSB - Ken Smith

    KSB - Ken Smith Banned Commercial User

    Mar 1, 2002
    Perkasie, PA USA
    Owner: Ken Smith Basses, Ltd.
    I would like someone to start a Sticky for Prescott and other older American Basses. There are quite a few out there and worth discussion. John of CSC/Shen could help if he is willing. I own 2 old Yankee Basses now and one old English Bass that was restored in 19th century New England. I have great respect for these Bass Pioneers. Both My Basses are from the Prescott School. One is the Batchelder and the other a 7/8 Prescott with a Dearborn Bros Label.

    Nahrmann near Boston has about 5 of them and one Beautiful Woodbury. Schnitzer has a couple of Yankee Basses and know where more are. Kolstein has Scotties Bass and has had many others. Let's 'hunt' those Yankee Basses down and get them cataloged up here.......

    Here's mine; http://www.kensmithbasses.com/DoubleBasses/Prescott/prescott_preview.htm
    http://www.kensmithbasses.com/DoubleBasses/BatchBass/batchBass.htm

    Yankee Bass owners Speak out!
     
  2. Well, my Bohmann is certainly a yankee mother(Chicago,1888)
    To see,go to our The Talkbasses volume two Eye candy..under Basses. Presented by John Sprague and Shen.
     
  3. KSB - Ken Smith

    KSB - Ken Smith Banned Commercial User

    Mar 1, 2002
    Perkasie, PA USA
    Owner: Ken Smith Basses, Ltd.
    New Hampshire yeilds to the man from Chicago... you have 30 minutes sir.. or as long as you need.. lol
     
  4. Aren't you clever! I tried to do a direct shot of the Bohmann off and into this thread, but I couldn't pull it off from Johns site.
    Back to you darling.
     
  5. KSB - Ken Smith

    KSB - Ken Smith Banned Commercial User

    Mar 1, 2002
    Perkasie, PA USA
    Owner: Ken Smith Basses, Ltd.
    PM John and ask him to help..

    How do u like my new Abraham?
     
  6. I could only get the scroll shot and the back shot to load...it looks great...Reggie Workman has the only other gamba Prescott i've seen. Have you ever tried the cello shaped full size mothers?
     
  7. KSB - Ken Smith

    KSB - Ken Smith Banned Commercial User

    Mar 1, 2002
    Perkasie, PA USA
    Owner: Ken Smith Basses, Ltd.
    I posted 4 pics on that page.. Mayby refresh it and see if they show..

    I studied with Reggie when I was about 18. I think the Prescott is a recent aquisition for him. Can you get some pics of his maybe or see how similar it is to mine?
     
  8. No...I saw his in Europe in about 1980. Your shoulders have been cut down, no? Yours have slopier shoulders then his for sure.
     
  9. KSB - Ken Smith

    KSB - Ken Smith Banned Commercial User

    Mar 1, 2002
    Perkasie, PA USA
    Owner: Ken Smith Basses, Ltd.
    Actually Paul, it looks 100% original to both me and Arnold. We will know more once he gets the Top off.
     
  10. Much better after refreshing. From the front it doesn't look so slopie. Yeah, I can see the line from the original tuning plates. No ebony strip going down the back like some, huh.
    That's gonna be serious fun. Is Arnold going to try to get some of the dark color out ?
     
  11. KSB - Ken Smith

    KSB - Ken Smith Banned Commercial User

    Mar 1, 2002
    Perkasie, PA USA
    Owner: Ken Smith Basses, Ltd.
    To some degree with clean up but the natural aging and oxidation is fine as it is.
     
  12. bejoyous

    bejoyous

    Oct 23, 2005
    London, Ontario
    Thanks for starting this thread. Here is a beautiful Prescott owned by Rob Clutton in Toronto. He's an excellent jazz bassist. This bass is one of the biggest and heaviest insturments I've ever played. Check out the woman carved in relief on the tailpiece. It's original as far as I know.
    http://www.zoilus.com/documents/robclutton.jpg
     
  13. KSB - Ken Smith

    KSB - Ken Smith Banned Commercial User

    Mar 1, 2002
    Perkasie, PA USA
    Owner: Ken Smith Basses, Ltd.

    Great pic.. Thanks for the link. Being that it is a 4-string now, only better pics would help to see how much is all original if not all else. It that the large 7/8, 4/4 or 5/4 model?
     
  14. John Sprague

    John Sprague Sam Shen's US Distributor

    Mar 10, 2003
    Rochester, NY
    Sales Manager, CSC Products Inc.
  15. KSB - Ken Smith

    KSB - Ken Smith Banned Commercial User

    Mar 1, 2002
    Perkasie, PA USA
    Owner: Ken Smith Basses, Ltd.
  16. Ike Harris

    Ike Harris

    May 16, 2001
    Nashville TN
    Here's a link to a whole slew of images compiled by Don Carrigan, a dyed-in-the-wool Prescott man from the 2xbasslist email list. Don's is the restored 5-stringer that Nahrmann worked on. Eugene Wright's bass is the Christie's Auction pic. The big 3-stringer belongs to some church that doesn't get played or sold to anyone. Enjoy.


    http://home.earthlink.net/~prescottviol/images/

    Ike
     
  17. KSB - Ken Smith

    KSB - Ken Smith Banned Commercial User

    Mar 1, 2002
    Perkasie, PA USA
    Owner: Ken Smith Basses, Ltd.
    Thanks Ike. I think I saw that list before. I noticed a pic of my Batchelder in there. On the Pic with the Cross bars, you can see the faint scars from the previous X-brace. I wonder when he started doing that? Mine has regular crossbars but until we get inside the Bass, we wont be able to tell what is original or not.

    Great stuff.. Keep em comming guys.. Even if it's the same Bass but a different Pic.
     
  18. jmpiwonka

    jmpiwonka

    Jun 11, 2002
    paul, it looks like the darker wood of the flames on your basses back is raised up like its swelled, and the purfling too. absolutely gorgeous. and the f-holes have it also, it almost looks like there is a tear drop shape carved at the bottom of the f-holes in pic three of john's post.

    [​IMG]
     
  19. Matthew Tucker

    Matthew Tucker Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2002
    Sydney, Australia
    Owner: Bresque Basses, Sydney Basses and Cellos
    The pic of Eugene Wright with the 1830 prescott shows a tuner on the tailpiece(!).

    Is that a mechanism for changing the tailgut length "on the fly"?
     
  20. jmpiwonka

    jmpiwonka

    Jun 11, 2002
    that wouldn't change the tailgut length because the tuner wouldn't move on the tailpiece, just increase tension.

    the tuner is there so that the bass could be a four string without changing the pegbox since the bass would've been a 3 string originally.
     



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