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. Click thru to see an older video from Jerry that really details its features. tb
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. Competitively priced. Come into the shop and try it out.
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.
This 8 year old bass has been gently used and completely refurbished. It has a strong, very open sound. As a 'used' bass it has been 'played in' to its maximum potential. With our adroit setup, Conservatory is a bass that can take you through a music major in college or a jazz concert on important stages.
The Wilfer Conservatory ¾ sized Gamba form double bass is truly a German classic. We worked extensively with Wilfer to adjust the graduations and rib depth to enlarge the sound. A harder, matte-finished varnish helps focus tone, and careful adjustment of the string playing length make a bass that is easy to play and has plenty of projection.
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.
Please click thru to the second page to learn more about this bass and her maker. tb
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.
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+. Ya'll come in and give her a spin.
Kai Arvi, renowned Canadian Bassmaker is now stocking his basses on the West Coast at Lemur Music. This is the gold standard in Arvi's work. This bass is setup for orchestra play with an extension fingerboard. It's a 7/8 size bass, violin corners, dark brown color. Please click thru for more information and pictures.
This large Violin form double bass is a true canon. With many intricate details
such as fine carving on the back of the scroll, appliqué work on the lower bouts,
and beautiful old tuning machines it's a true work of art. Ahhh! But the sound,
you ask.... Click thru to see this bass featured
in a VIDEO made by Lemur Music in our San Juan Capistrano Shop.