EVERY bass we're showing is a highly select, great-playing, great-sounding choice at an unbeatable price.
See highlights of our selection here!
19th-century French bass
Just consigned - a very interesting 19th-century French bass in a large 3/4 size. Carved back; the top is an even thickness, as made by Parisian makers. This bass has had the same owner since the 1970s and is overall in very good condition. Very responsive and rich-sounding, with ample low end. Though it's large-ish for a 3/4, there is a bit of slope to the shoulders, making it easier to play than many French cello-shaped basses. See this bass on YouTube
Upper bout: 20 1/2"
Lower bout: 26"
Rib depth: 8 1/2"
String length: 42 3/8"
Pietro Meneghesso double bass, ca. 1895, just upgraded
Well cared-for, up-to-date, fine orchestral bass. Just authenticated as the work of Pietro Meneghesso, Padua. Very good condition inside and out. The flat back and ribs are poplar.The bass has a very accessible shape and is subsequently highly enjoyable to play on, with the refined, detailed sound of a fine Italian bass, excellent projection, and evenness across the register. Even on the G string and up into thumb position, it has warmth, richness, and smoothness in the response. It has just had a new fingerboard, C extension, bridge, tailpiece, ebony bumpers, and endpin installed in our workshop! A great find in this price range - don't miss it! See this bass on YouTube
Upper bout 19"
Lower bout 26 1/2"
String length 41 1/4"
Luciano Bini, Cremona 1976
Powerful, good-sounding modern Italian bass, made in Cremona, the historical center of violin making, the Luciano Bini has been in a major orchestra section since 2001. Meticulously maintained, excellent setup, very easy to play and get around. Nice tidy workmanship, beautiful even flaming, attractive symmetrical violin pattern, original neck, new strings, new bridge - sounding very responsive and open. Robertson's extension.
Upper bout: 20 1/2"
Lower bout: 26 1/4"
Rib depth: 9"String length: 42"
About Cremona: Cremona, Italy was home to the most renowned makers in the violin history: the families of Amati, Stradivari, Guarneri, and many more, beginning with the invention of the modern violin in the 1500s by Andrea Amati. Antonio Stradivari, the name nearly synonymous with the violin, was Amati's pupil, and developed the shape and acoustics of the violin to those continued to this day. The world owes a great debt to a patron of Stradivari who wisely purchased and conserved Stradivari's instruments and tools after his death, as they are still studied and displayed. The Cremonese tradition grew and developed until the late 1700s; then, after largely dissipating to other parts of Europe, Cremonese violin making revived in 1937 and has become a world center of the tradition once again. In 2012, the tradition of violinmaking was placed by UNESCO on its list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Today, Cremona is home to some 140 violin-making workshops. Seeing and playing this Luciano Bini Cremonese bass is connecting to a 500-year lineage back to the earliest masters!
Phenomenal AES (Arnold Schnitzer workshop) bass, anno 2016, with everything
Don't be the one slapping yourself in the head and saying 'I could have had a bass from QBC'! We present another DO NOT MISS bass that speaks for itself. All we can do is advise! This bass is from the workshop of Arnold Schnitzer in collaboration with his fabulous luthiers.
Just about every bassist dreams of "the one bass to rule them all" - here it is:
Is it gorgeous? yes.
Does it sound huge? yes
Easy to get around and play all the notes? yes
Incredible response? yes
Not too big? yes
A good C extension that's in tune? yes
Well set up? we're actually getting tired of saying yes. Just take it that all the answers are 'yes'.
Inlaid position markers?
Durable, handsome, name brand, German-made Rubner machines with factory patina?
Removable neck which is factory carved - this feature alone saving you big $$?
Made by a legendary maker's workshop team, with terrific workmanship, which means it will keep its value and be a great investment?
All this at a PHENOMENAL price for its attributes, AND a 6 months' warranty against defects from QBC?
String length: 40 3/4
Powerful Busetto Bass with C extension
A shop favorite! One of the most interesting and most incredible values to come into inventory recently, this modern, great-playing busetto flatback is certain to be discovered immediately by a bassist looking for a real asset. Don't miss it!
Very accessible in all positions due to the well-designed shoulders and ample overstand. New fingerboard, bridge, Robertson's C extension, and grafted neck (D neck). 42" string length. Excellent condition; recently inspected and earlier repairs revised. Upgraded back bracing seems to have been designed for maximum tone and stability. Deluxe Rubner tuning machines; hatpegs inlaid with a crest. Ball-bearing endpin clicks to position notches. Side bumpers. Ebony back decoration and several interesting carving details on the peg box and scroll. Though unlabelled, it appears to be Eastern European in origin. Fans of the legendary Prescott busetto design will find this an unbeatable way to get their hands on a bass with those desirable features without spending a fortune! Excellent response and tone; really a pleasure to play, powerful across all registers.
20 1/4" upper bout
15" center bout
27 1/4" lower bout
Body length: 44"
String length: 42"
Rib depth (upper and lower) 9"