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 tip-top good shape, with excellent Deep dark robust tones.
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.
Available at Lemur – Berkeley Store, 1006 Pardee Street, 510-969-2277.
Kai Arvi, is a Canadian Bass Maker, well-known for his fine orchestra basses. Kai Arvi 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 orchestra play. Click on the title above to learn more about Arvi Basses and to see extra nice photos.Thanx, TB
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 purfling, 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.
G.A. Pfretzschner Bass, 7/8 size, Flatback Bass, Gamba Form
Labeled G.A. Pfretzschner, handmade in Markneukirchen, Germany c1910.
Beautiful full-grained spruce top, maple back & sides.
We re-furbished the finish on this gorgeous old flatback when we moved her to the Berkeley Shop, so the intense, bright, golden undertones are really shining through the red-brown varnish. This Bass is a 7/8 size Gamba, Flatback, with a perfectly placed kerf, also still intact and in good repair.It’s been played as an orchestra bass for the last 100 years, and has developed the deep, dark, robust fundamental that you need to stand out in the section.The flatback makes for ‘up-close” access with the sloped shoulders contributing to the ease of play.The longer C-bout affords plenty of bow arm. We have re-worked the fingerboard for a smooth touch and tuned the bass accordingly.The overall health of the bass is quite good.Notice the f-holes are still nice and flat.Some rib cracks were repaired two decades ago and are stable.Custom Gig Bag included.
Please call 800-246-2277 for more information. We will happily customize this bass to your individual playing preferences.
This 20 year old bass has been gently used and recently refurbished. It has a strong, open sound. As a 'used' bass it has been 'played in' to its maximum potential. With our adroit setup, this Conservatory is a bass that can take you through a music major in college or a jazz concert on important stages. This is the most competitvely priced Wilfer bass in our shop at this time. You are most welcome to come down and play this bass before she get's whisked away to a new career. Please click on title aboveto see more pictures. spl 41.75"
E.M. Pöllmann Bass Verona Model Gamba Form 3/4 size
Labeled 657 Anno 1976.Handmade in Mittenwald, Germany
Ornamental carving back, front, and ribs.
The original light amber varnished has aged to a lovely, dark golden amber.In the shadow it appears a bit reddish.
This bass is in excellent health, no major repairs.Edges are clean for the most part, varnish is intact with only a few small dents and dings, as would be expected with a 40+ year old bass.Highly flamed maple back and sides, typical Pollmann scraped spruce top reveals the "years" nicely.Machines are older nickel chrome in good working condition.
This bass has the sloped shoulders typical of Verona Model.It would be a very easy playing bass for a smaller player, who might want a more compact Pollmann bass.The sound is big and clear due to the generously vaulted top and back, and standard Pollmann 9.25" lower bout ribs.
E. Wilfer Prague® Model 7/8 sized double bass is a full-bodied orchestra bass with a rich tone, a deep fundamental, and pleasing amount of volume. The violin form is well proportioned with easy access across the (slightly droopy) shoulders and plenty of bow room in the longer waist. Using a smaller 7/8 pattern makes a nice orchestra sized bass that is easy to get around on.Note the 41” SPL. Lemur Music has long insisted that Wilfer make basses no more than 42” to accommodate a greater range of players. TB
Please call 800-246-2277 for more information. We will make our customized All-Pro Setup on this bass for your individual playing preferences.
E.M. Pöllmann “Emperor” 5-String Model 5/4 Busseto Bass
Labeled E.M. Pöllmann, handmade in Mittenwald, Germany in 2000.
Beautiful full-grained spruce top, maple back & sides.
Dark red-brown with trademark golden undertones in this fine finish.Hand rubbed to perfection and carefully maintained over the past 18 years.This bass has had only one owner and was very well loved.
This Bass is a 5-string model and has a huge lower bout at 30.”The shoulders slope away for very reasonable access and a 42.5” SPL (yes! It’s true) makes this beast very playable indeed.The massive amount of ‘air in the box’ delivers unprecedented projection and volume. The set up has been with the 5th on the treble side, but we have also played it with the 5th on the bass side.It’s your call.Please inquire about setup so we can have her ready to go when you arrive for a trial run.Custom Mooradian Gig Bag included.
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.
Eberhard Meinel, a violin making company in East Germany, persisted into the 21st century. During this time, they still had excellent stocks of fine woods including spruce large enough for bass tops with fine, straight grain. As well, there were large flitches of well flamed wood for bass backs and sides.
The bass described here represents the best bass made at Meinel Violin Workshop. It was further upgraded upon order to include traditional overhanging top and back. We have seen many young musicians progress into serious musical studies while playing one of these basses. Consider this German made all solid wood bass to be a gift from the Soviet era to a student like you.