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; we are also 'soft' on the price and are ready to "'haggle." Mrs. Lemur, Aug 2016
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.
Pre-WWII German-made bass, most likely made by E. Wilfer having Wilfer indicia on back/heel. Imported by Jusek. This bass is very clean, in good health, and nicely maintained by a well-regarded studio player in Europe and LA.
The sound is well-developed, crisp & focused in the mid-range, with good volume & projection over a solid low register fundamental.
Very competitively priced. We have a good selection of pre-owned Wilfer (Jusek) basses for both jazz and orchestra play. Now is a great time to come comparison shop. Plus, we have lowered prices on them across the board. Yeah! Mrs. Lemur, Aug 2016.
Wilfer makes his Busseto model in several quality levels, so we had choice in choosing this very traditionally styled Bavarian Bass. Its bouts are just a little more robust than Conservatory. The arching is a little more substantial and the ribs a bit deeper -- adding up to more "volume in the box" which translates to more tone production. There, I said it. Because you are going to ask, "What's the difference between Busseto and Conservatory or Edelwiess?"
One other important difference is in the length of the C-bout. The busseto, that little roll, allows more bow room, making this bass a delightful Arco bass. This bass has a deep fundamental making it a truly great Concert Bass. And it is suitably strong to take an extension machine if that is your need.
This bass has been gently used, expertly refurbished, and very competitively priced. Call now for an appointment to play all our wonderful Wilfer Basses now in stock.
Oceana is a ¾ bass with a 41” string length, very playable.The entire bass is made from a beautifully fine grained poplar stained gold and green, with a lacquered finish.There is a rosewood fingerboard, rosewood purfelling, and trim accents. The tailpiece is carved from ultra-light curly boxwood into an ocean/shell motif. A most unusual nautilus shell scroll caps the peg box. The keys are custom made from brass in the ocean motifwhich also carries over to the hand cut f-holes, and specially designed bridge. Rosewood hand holds, like the original corner less basses, are mounted in rosewood.
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What a nice little bass this is. 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. 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.
Known repairs:saddle crack and spline in lower block are old, well made and stable; neck/scroll box repair is solid and stable; one crack on upper rib near neck, bass side is repaired and stable; 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 maker her a bit more attractive. Please call for more information, 800-246-2277. Mrs. Lemur, Aug. 2016
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+.
We have a terrific selection of Wilfer - Jusek basses to choose from at this time. Prices range from $8,000 to $12,000. Some are definitely 'jazz basses' some more oriented to 'orchestra play.' It's really a good time to come in and play a wide variety of these good ol' boys. Mrs. Lemur - Aug 2016.
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 was a hard working bass for more than 20 years in a Utah symphony orchestra. It will anchor the 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. We are "soft" on this price and will gladly "haggle" your generous offer. Mrs. Lemur - Aug. 2016.
No kidding -- "Big Boomer" says it all. The sound is loud, with a very solid fundmental. Great low end to carry any section. Bass can be used with no amp on trio gigs. That being said, it's been played for years by a local bassistwho just took a house mortgage...need we say more?
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 it's 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 Fall Savings just published in Aug. 2016 -- Mrs. Lemur.
Czech made John Jusek Bass circa 1966. All the hallmarks of the famous importer: Gamba form, deep lower ribbed ovoid shape, long narrow C-Bout. Perfectly conforming 3/4 size bass, dark golden brown finish. The bass has a deep, rich, and mellow tone. This is a good bass for the student ready to make the next step up. We have several similar basses right now in the San Juan Capistrano Shop. Come in to comparison shop while the selection is good. Aug 2016, Mrs. Lemur
We phoned Seth Kimmel to get the scoop on this bass. He told us that It Is Bass #10 made in 2010, model "Third Avenue." Premium grade materials include well-aged Western Bigleaf Maple back and sides (cut in 1936) and top grade Sitka Spruce for the top. We really like that this is an All-American Bass, made in Eugene, Oregon.
The pattern features a compact upper bout, and a really generous lower bout. Also noteworthy: the C-Bout is long with a big sweeping curve that will accomodate any bow arm you bring the to the job.
The sound is darn good, big and open, just itching to get on stage and into action again. Please call 800-246-2277 or email for more information. This is the first Seth Kimmel bass at Lemur Music and we are pleased to have another Contemporary North American Bassmaker's work in our shop. Mrs. Lemur--Aug. 2016
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
Perfectly conforming Jay Haide bass in charming 1/2 size. Well, the sound is plenty big for a small bass. Fully carved, nice attention to details with a lovely reddish brown antiqued varnish, elegant violin corners. Nicely rounded shoulders. We get these carved fractional sized basses from time to time. It's a good opportunity for a younger or smaller player or even an older player who just wants to have 'less to lug around' but still wants the professional sound. Please call for further details 800-246-2277.
Rumano Solano Basses are made in the Old Italian Master Tradition. Today you can find them in the hands of professionals and students alike, from classical to jazz, throughout the United States, and worldwide, including Canada, Germany, Australia, and Denmark.Please click thru for specifications and photos.
"The Rumano Solano copy of my 1767 Italian double bass is remarkable in many ways. The sound quality has innate characteristics very similar to my bass with a full, deep, rich and clear sound. It also has a projection and clarity of sound that is stunning. It fills a 1,000 seat auditorium as well as any instrument I have ever heard or played. The instrument also has an ease of playing that makes even the most difficult passages accessible."~ Jeff Bradetich