In Elgars' "Looking at the Double Bass" there are many beautiful Basses and some not so beautiful..lol .. Some of the Basses are NOT what they are named by Elgar or the person submitting the Photo for entry. I have learned of a few of these Basses in his book and where they are. Recently, a few of them have come up for sale. All by different parties and all over the world. If you have been in contact, played or know of any of the 'Elgar Basses', then please share your knowledge/experience with us. Here are my experiences with some of these Basses; In his section on Maggini he talks of an older example by GP named "The Dumas Maggini" after a famous 19th century collector. I have held this Bass in my hands. I still feel the chill after almost 35 years. One of the Montagnanas on pgs 100-103 sold at auction about 15 years ago for about $250k. Dragonettis' Gasparo Da Salo (pg.69) was recently pictured in a new book by Stefano Pio and he states it was cut at the shoulders a long time ago. The Busan on pgs. 50-51 is also in the book. The Gasparo on pg70 is believed to be an antiqued fake by Fendt. Most likely B.S.. The Gasparo on pg. 75 was sold by a German dealer several years ago for around $200k and I was told "it didn't sound so good" by the dealer recently. Most recently I have run across 3 Basses in his book that are now on the market for sale. One is the Gagliano 5-string on pg.84.. Wait, did I say Gagliano?.. It has recently be re-named as an English Panormo (on of the sons) and is now converted back to a 4-stringer. Price?..$90s (that's about $90k or so). Also in the 'Tea & Crackers' section is another fine Bass by William Baker pgs.154-157. This is also selling in the $80-90k range. And the last and final of the trio mentioned is the Chamber Bass by Thomas Kennedy on pg 171. _______________________________________________________ From the seller; "Kennedy Chamber Bass "Trout" Description: "This instrument (which appears in the Raymond Elgar books) was made by Thomas Kennedy in London, 1835 and bears his label. Probably commissioned for a wealthy amateur player it is known as "The Trout" after the Schubert Quintet for which it was used." "This extremely rare instrument is in superb condition." _______________________________________________________ EDIT: I don't know what price they are asking but it is 'Price on Application". I just got off the phone with the seller and it is a very small Bass, just slightly bigger than a Cello with about a 34" String Length. They do not have a definite price on it yet but have had offers. The last offer was refused. And some think I went a bit too far on my Gilkes description.