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.
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 on the tile above to learn more about this bass and her maker.
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 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.
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. 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 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.
This Emanuel Wilfer Gentleman Jazz bass went to a good home in 2005 where it regularly gigged for many years. Now she is looking for a new home. Perhaps yours? Fancy upgraded model with violin corners, a rich cinnamon brown varnish, and engraved Tyrolean machines. Extra fancy Wilfer endicia with ebony diamond indicates model 11+. Easy play on 41.75" scale. Comes with a Full Circle pickup and bow quiver. This bass is in immaculated condition. Please click on title above to see 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. It's shear 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.
This is a nicely made 1/2 size hybrid bass. It's perfect for anyone who would like a carved top sound with a hybrid price. The bass is in really nice shape, too. Please click on title for more pictures.
German made Paesold orchestra bass with gated C-Extension, extra fancy engraved Tyrolean brass tuners. Easy play with 41" scale, easy access for your bow with a longer C-bout in Gamba Form. Red-gold varnish, MKN style endicia. Good condition, a good section bass, ready to "go back to work." This is a well-known maker of good quality basses. Please click on title above for more pictures.
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 student instrument that will carry you into college.
We had a chance to make a side-by-side comparison with a Prescott bass the other day. Wow! There's no question about it. This 4/4 bass is a ringer for the real deal. The upside for you is it's in great condition, with only a few cosmetic nicks in the light, golden brown finish. Sloan machines really carry their share of the load on this bass. Busseto corners, no exterior linings, really big-deep fundamental. Please call 800-246-2277 for further information about getting your hands on this big orchestra bass for a very reasonable price.
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.