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String Basses You Could Own!

offered by Bruce Sexauer's thestringbass.com

(December, 2017)

Unless noted, each of these basses has been set up by me personally. I have planed and polished the fingerboard to create exactly the relief I believe works best, and no bumps at all. I have carefully fit the sound post, and set the action low enough to play easily, yet high enough to sound clear. Most players who visit my shop are surprised by how well these basses work.  If your playing has evolved to where you know what specifications suit you best, I am most likely able to put your instrument right where you want it.   Bruce Sexauer

Here's some of the Inventory: (14 in stock!)
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Broken in (pre-owned)
1930ish German 4/4 fully carved
This consignment bass came from an estate. It is of the highest quality and in worn but well cared for condition. 44" strings, no cracks, repaired or otherwise! $10500
Shen 3/4

Entry level, fully  laminated, Ebony fingerboard,  nearly perfect condition. w/bag. Taken as trade.  $1400
Jiri Polvony 3/4

I commissioned this bass 22 years ago and sold it at the time, but the owner has passed and his widow brought it to me for resale. All solid maple, spruce and ebony in the usual places. This bass has character. The back is in between carved and flat. $3450

Dalton Dillingham Estate
late 1600's Converted Viol d'Gamba?
Pictures of the Old Bass
Genuinely old bass! Flatsawn pine top plate. Converted to 4 strings from 3 in the 1600's. Dalton told me these things, and he believed this bass to be worth $100K.  I do not have another bass that sounds as good as this one, though the 4/4 approaches it.  $22,000

Wujang Hong Yu:

This bass is spectacular. Fantastic wood throughout, The best tuners I've seen come out of China, absolutely up to Rubner standards, and very cleverly designed. The Ebony in the fingerboard is as good as it gets being jet black and I could plane it in both directions everywhere w/o tear-out. But the real point is the tonal envelope, which you have to hear to know what I mean, it is magical. $6100 w/bag

Eastman Strings:
Eastman VB-95
This is the Hybrid bass which represents the SweetSpot for your entry into string bass world; a little more money than the least, but a LOT more bass. The fully carved solid spruce top plate brings real tone to party, making this bass perfectly able to take the student into the professional world. No one NEEDS anything better. . . until they do. Ebony appointments, Thomastik Spirocore stings, adjustable bridge, my set-up:   $2700 w/better bag.  1 in stock

Christopher's Workshop

New Model, I have 2!
All laminated entry level bass with Bag'n'bow. Still has (or will have)  my set-up which is why mine are the basses for you. I have been selling Christopher's Workshop for over 20 years, and they will not let you down.  $1800
Xuechang Sun
Xuechang Sun
Third Tier 3/4

Made by China's well acknowledged top maker, this bass is extremely good in my opinion, as have been nearly all of the previous two dozen basses I have had from this maker. The basses are supplied at 5 levels; 1 is plain fully carved maple, 2 is mildly flamed fully carved maple, 3 is highly flamed fully carved maple4 is made by fewer people and has greater attention to perfection, and 5 is allegedly made by the shop master himselfI have sold all levels, and while each is better that the one before (as we'd hope), level 1 is still better than almost any other Chinese bass I've owned.  This bass is level 3. $7200 including the great bag.

Here's a video of my customer Gary Brown playing his X. Sun  Bass. It's the entry level 401 model!

BOWs etc.
I have a number of bows on hand. They are priced about half between my cost and suggested retail. If you buy a bow in the same transaction as a bass, I will give it to you for my actual cost plus 10%.
Dalton Dillingham
These are consigned and the prices are rigid.
I have four bows from The Dillingham (rip) estate. All are pernambuco and "French" style:

(1)  plain jane $450

(2)  Antique Baroqueish that has been broken and repaired but is a genuine 1700's bow $1500

(3)  H R Pfretzschner, genuine old beauty,  $3500