English Double Bass
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
- 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.
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