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English Double Bass

French upright bass scrollEnglish double basses are much sought after basses. While there are several makers of from the English school of bass making, the 'golden years' would have to be early 1800-1860. There are some general characteristics that hold true with most English double basses, though not iron clad rules:

  • they're bigger bodied. Usually the back lengths start at 44", but most usually found between 44-46"
  • flat backed (two piece maple) though the English bass shown here has a lovely carved (the famous maker Vincenzo Panormo actually made a flat back that often had some swell (carved out)
  • back brass tuning gears (William Baker is best known for fashioning great brass tuning gears)
  • high, broad shoulders (some even with large cello forms)

Some noteworthy English double bass makers: Vincenzo Panormo, George Panormo (his son), Bernard Simon Fendt, William Tarr, James Cole, Thomas Kennedy, William Calow and John Lott to name a few. To learn more about the bass shown here, see our upright, double basses at the Bass Cafe.

Got a question about any of our double basses? Give us a call (800-600-2689) or email Steve.