Vintage, Historical, and Used Upright Basses come into Lemur Music's San Juan Capistrano Bass Shop each month. Our selection varies as we sell thru our stock, but we are always looking for new additions to the Vintage Bass List. Check back often for best selection.
Lemur's Full Service Repair Shop does an excellent job of refurbishing these instruments to enhance playability and to address the overall health of the instrument.
Handmade by George Borun, a southern California instrument builder. Beautiful woods are used throughout; note the flamed back and sides. A carved button on the heel of the neck features the maker's initials, GAB. This artist's research into violin making led him to a more "English" styling. The instrument has a very good sound, with a deep, robust lower register, a clear mid- range, and a sweet, singing upper register to boot. We recently ran this bass thru the workshop to fine-tune its sound and playability. It's in top form. Please click on title to see more pictures and a video.
E.M. Pollmann double bass, custom built for Jerry Buffa, owner Lemur Music, in 1997. Busseto shape, 7/8 body with string playing length of 40.5 inches. Very easy to play. Incredible fundamental, with exceptionally clear mid-range. Impeccable condition. Nicely aged dark amber color. Traditional Bavarian styling from Mike and Ralph Krahmer with extra deep ribs, highly valuted top and back; full ornaments hand carved on back, ribs, front. Top table wood was 80 years old when the bass was made. Custom brass keys, now retired pattern. Please click thru to see additional images and to learn more.
What a sweet deal we have on this bass now. Labeled "Knilling Prague." Gamba shape, light golden brown, external linings. Smallish 3/4 size, in very good condition. Restoration from Daugherty Violin Shop. You know, it's a bit on the plain side, but the sound is very solid and we've put a very competitive price on this bass. This is a great "move up" bass for a student. Please come try it out; We think you'll be pleased with the value.
We have a bass circa 1900, labeled “copy Antonio Stradivarius, Czecho-Slovokia,” gamba corners, fully carved, curly maple back and sides, with a fine grained spruce top. --- Extra profile on scroll box and heel block indicates a higher quality instrument at manufacture; New tuning machines, endpin, and fingerboard; Bass is in very good condition. The finish is old and well-worn but consistent with age of instrument. This bass has been owned and played by a very well respected bassist in California for the past twenty years. We've nudged the price down just a tad to make her a bit more attractive. Please call for more information, 800-246-2277.
We've taken this well-played in bass to a new level by refurbishing it a bit. New Bridge, Endpin, reshaped fingerboard, and the All-Pro Lemur Setup for maximum playability. We rate this one A+. Gamba Form bass, upgraded model, endicia "Emanuel Wilfer" circa 1978. Light red-brown color. Extra nice spruce top. Easy playabililty with 42" scale - an excellent choice for a "move-up student." Right now this bass has Spirocore Mediums on it for jazz play. But we think it could go either way with a customized setup for its next owner. Please click on title above for more pictures.
Kai Arvi, renowned Canadian Bassmaker is now stocking his basses on the West Coast at Lemur Music. This represents the gold standard in Arvi's work. Built for orchestra play with an extension fingerboard (Kai Arvi original). This particular bass was a hard working bass for more than 20 years in a Utah symphony orchestra. It will anchor just about any section. We put it through Lemur's full setup process and it truly plays like butter now. Plus it's fully aged and opened up to its full potential. The bass is in excellent condition, well cared for during its two decades in the dryer Western climate of Utah. It's a 7/8 size bass, violin corners, dark brown color.
No kidding -- "Big Boomer" says it all. The sound is loud, with a very solid fundamental. Great low end to carry any section. Bass can be used with no amp on trio gigs. The details: Early 1900's Czeck/German bass with outer linings. No label. Violin corners, deep ribs, long deep C-Bout. Color is Dark amber- light brown color. Due to its age the varnish has a substantial patina. Lovely, really. Yes, it is a Large 7/8 size bass, 43" SPL, but you get a big, boomin, great low- end response, primarily used as a pizz/jazz bass, recording bass. Overall in good health, in good repair. New Lower Price for Winter 2017
German made bass from 1967. Fully carved, with external linings. Light golden brown color, violin corners. Bass is in good health, but has external wear marks. Sound is strong and even across all four strings. This would be a very good "move up" bass for a serious student. At this time we have several similar basses in this price range. It's a good time to come in and comparison shop. Aug. 2016. Mrs. Lemur
Big, old fatty, Czech-Bohemian thing. I love this bass! (Mrs. Lemur says). Large upper bout, nicely arched back for extra volume in the box. This is a "boomer" with a 42.25" scale. Easy playability for such a lush large body. Originally built as an upscale bass with wooden hat pegs. We've gone over this bass in our shop and offer it at a very competitive price for a quick sale. Please click on title above for more pictures.
What a beauty this unusual Bohemian styled bass is. Coming to us from Joseph Bohmann Chicago (early 1900's) this luthier's work is just wonderful. We label it a 7/8 size bass because of the expansive air in the box. It's a 43" scale with wide ribs and a nicely vaulted back. This Hybrid has gorgeous detailing - double outer linings, a truly interesting purfelled back featuring burled veneer, a nicely graduated top, fancy scroll with extra wide volute, lovely old machines. Its sheer size offers extra potential for loud, boomy volume, and a deep fundamental. If you are looking for something special, please consider this rare bass. Please click on title above to see more pictures. I love this bass. Someone please give her a good home and a new career. Mrs Lemur.
Lush sounding bass from contemporary Italian maker Orlandini, 1976. Violin form with lovely curved, fancy corners. Golden brown color with heavy gold highlights. Deep rib at neck for extra volume on top. Big fat jazz sound played for 40 years by well-known Italian jazz star. Used for many years of recordings and live performances. Deep fundamental, clear voicings in the mid-range. Very playable 41" scale. Please click on title to see extra pictures and video.
Gamba Form Fully Carved Bass in 3/4 size, circa 2001. Very nice carved spruce top has matured into a richly toned, nicely flexible top. This is a good quality instrument that will carry you into college.
Kay Bass #78068, circa 1940. Model S-51. Dark Honey colored bass, double purfelling, violin corners, 5-string model with High C, nickel machines with clover shaped grips. Stamped Kay on back peg-box. Includes Fishman Full-Circle pickup, Spirocore medium strings. These vintage 1940 basses don't last long here at Lemur, especially the five-string models set up with High C articulation. Remember ! We ship worldwide... bringing Rockabilly fever right to your doorstep.
Kai Arvi, is a Canadian Bass Maker, well-known for his fine orchestra and/or snappy jazz basses, NOW has a presence on the West Coast in Lemur Music's Showroom. We invite you to come play one of these basses you've heard about for years.
Call 800-246-2277 to arrange an appointment. We'll have the bass ready for your particular type of play: orchestra or jazz. Click on the title above to learn more about Arvi Basses and to see extra nice photos.Thanx, TB