specialize in the upright bass and the overwhelming majority of our
sales, are shipped to our customers across the country and beyond.
While it is not unusual to have customers fly or drive in which we
are most accomodating, but our reputation for shipping basses out to
our customers is unparrelled for our excellence in quality and
customer service. It is not surprising to us in the least when
someone that actually lives down the street from other competitor
bass or violin shops, order their bass from us!
Our top customers are more of the professional level in
that they know and appreciate what we can offer here in comparison
to other bass specialists.
All of our basses that leave here have a high, professional level
of set up. Everything is top notch! We never hurry instruments
through the process and every bass here is most always set up per
the player's needs. We mostly do not offer 'point and click'
bass sales here as that is too impersonal for such a personal item.
Even though I like to take a more humorous approach to my company
and selling double basses, I take this issue very seriously.
Musicians develop a lifetime relationship to their instrument.
Professional players rely on their instrument as a tool to perform
and provide for their livelihood. Serious amateurs, whom simply love
music and playing, also desire and deserve to own a great
Because I am a professional bass player myself, I know how even
the smallest differences can make such a huge impact on the way we
play, sound and perform. Especially because of the great size of
this instrument, it is so very important to find a bass that has
that 'special' sound, but also has the right proportions that after
many hours of use, will not adversely effect physical well being.
Every bass that leaves our shop here is always checked and
re-checked for the highest playable level.
About the owner. Besides owing and operating the String
Emporium, I currently serve as Assistant Principal Double bass with
Phoenix Symphony Orchestra. Crazy busy yes! I will
either have a bass in my hands or be talking to someone on the
phone...about the bass!
I have been a member of the PSO now for the past 25 years and
before coming to Phoenix, I was also Principal double bass with the
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra for 4 years. In addition to my
orchestral experience, I have free-lanced as a Jazz musician for the
past 30 years! I consider myself lucky in that I am in love with any
music that calls for an upright bass! Because of my experience (and
that I consider myself a bass player first) I only sell the upright
basses that I would enjoy to play myself. Here, I am pictured with
my beloved Vincenzo Corain bass which was made in Trieste, Italy,
At the String Emporium…
- We offer the utmost in professionalism, quality of service
- We pride ourselves by treating each and every customer with
the utmost respect and sincerest commitment. We often have people
call throughout the day to get more information about basses or
anything bass related. Feel free to call us for any
additional help you may need.
- All of our instruments are at the highest quality, while our
central theme still, is keeping the prices the most affordable and
the most competitive.
- When comparing ‘apples to apples’ no one beats our
service or prices!
Please feel free to call or
us at anytime. We are eager to find the right instrument or
accessory you need.