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.
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.
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.
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.
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
What a sweet deal we have on this bass now. Labeled "Knilling Prague" this bass was made in 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.
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.
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 but looking a bit tired.
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.