G.B. Rogeri Deluxe Upright Bass
After much anticipation, here is the our new Giovanni Battista
Rogeri (c.1690.) model, upright bass. The bass (made in China)
is made exactly in step with the Italian tradition of bass making.
All hand made, hand planed, using the best seasoned woods and workmanship.
We already offer world class basses in the
Wan-Bernadel upright basses and these offer a nice alternative.
While the Wans are exquisite French bass (Gand-Bernadel, c.1860)
model, these basses are slightly bigger and deeper. Our special
introductory price: $4,950 (and includes Deluxe cover.)
The measurements of the G.B. Rogeri bass: upper bouts are 20
1/2, the inner "C" bouts 14 1/2", 26 1/4", length
of back is 44 1/2". The string length is a very comfortable,
41 1/2". A terrific bass! While it is marginally bigger,
it still falls well within the 3/4 size. (Most all regular 3/4 size
covers easily fit on this bass.)
See the Rogeri Videos!
(Because of the type of lighting and brightness used on the videos,
always refer to photos shown here for varnish texture and
Italian double bass sound and workmanship
How they sound: Because of the slight bolder, deeper
body, the sound has a depth to it like no other bass in the world!
For a deep projecting sound, this is by far one of the best models
The construction: The GB Rogeri bass is by far one
of the best made, constructed basses. The bass has an integrity
of workmanship and care that it unparrelled. No short cuts
here! Inside, nice linings, and workmanship one will find
on the same (older) original Rogeri basses. These new basses
have beautifully carved backs (otherwise known as "round"
backs.) We always think this is better in the long run as
new flat backs tend to be too sensitive to climate change.
The round backs, offer more depth to the sound, and at the same
time, (for practicality, are more elastic). Meaning, the bass is
able to move in and out more with the seasonal changes every year.
(Read our Upright bass round vs flat
back page.) While the bass has broader shoulders, they
are still sloped enough to offer easy access to upper registers.
copy an Italian, Rogeri bass? A lot of old Italian basses are big
and too bulky for the average player, but Rogeri was known for making
smaller instruments than the norm and his basses worked: They
sounded great, were easy to play and are stunningly beautiful basses.
Rogeri, who lived and worked in Cremona, (same as Amati and Strad),
helped "fuse" the the Brescian style of bass making into
the newer more perfected, Cremonese style in his double basses.
Expert workmanship and quality. The woods used: a nice medium flamed
maple back, maple neck and sides. The top of is a medium grained
spruce. Like the Wan-Bernadel bass, the Rogeri deserves only
the best accessories: The tuners are an Italian, heavy brass
style mounted on the side of the scroll (recessed into the scroll
'cheeks') Why do this? Because this looks the cleanest, and shows
the beauty of the scroll and wood. Of course this requires
skill and patience, but again shows a deep commitment to excellence.
Standard checklist and accessories for G.B.
Rogeri upright bass:
seasoned, traditional woods of maple and spruce
- expert workmanship, all by hand and in the European style trained
- French imported bass bridge with Delrin adjusters
- Choice of any high quality
bass strings that we carry
Deluxe bass cover, Mooradian or the new Tuff-Bag Deluxe
- German made, highest quality, Baker style tuners
- hand applied (and rubbed) oil varnish with beautiful patina
- high quality, dense ebony fingerboards
- our world renowned playing setup (per customer's individual
- Our same as always, excellent (all inclusive)
new bass, 3 year warranty
- Same special trial period that goes with ALL of our basses
sold at the String Emporium. (No penalty for return and no re-stocking
We guarantee our excellence and quality. There has been some
confusion about trying a bass: It can take a while to get
a feel for and get comfortable for any new instrument. We
are happy and expect to send our basses out on a week's trial. First,
we never send any of our carved basses in a box! We send them
out in the specially designed bass
flight caseso that the bass not only arrives in perfect playing
order, if for any reason, it can be easily returned safely, the
same way it arrived. If the bass is purchased, we arrange
to quickly and easily return the empty case. It's a super
easy, no pressured way to try a bass! To read more about
trying an upright bass, we have more information on that particular
For additional details please
email us or call.