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String Basses You Could Own!

offered by Bruce Sexauer's thestringbass.com

(November, 2015)

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

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Broken in (pre-owned)
Eastman #200

Another bass I sold years ago and have taken back in trade when the customer found another bass here he had to have instead. Currently strung with Pirastro Evah Pirazi for pizzicato or arco: $3400
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. $8500
This 6 string laminated bass is from the estate of Dalton Dillingham, and is the bass he played for the last ten years of his very long tenure as a bassist. Truly unique and a worthy tool. $4500 with 2 PU systems.

Emanuel Wilfer OHG
Wilfer (2012)
Modell Venezia

I am pleased to have opened a relationship with  Emanuel Wilfer OHG, perhaps Germany's best known long standing maker of String Basses, and here I have my first example of their work. This is their entry level bass, with the addition of Violin corners. Of their 2 standard string lengths, this is the shorter. This bass features their workshop set up which is quite good IMO, and is optimized for Arco playing using Pirastro Flexocore strings. $8800 with a very nice bag.

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-80BT
My least expensive offering, a fully laminated instrument with a very good Ebony fingerboard. It plays as well as anything I have, and is a fine place to start down the bass path. There are cheaper instruments in the world, but along with most of my peers, I won't be a party to your wasting your money on them.  $1600 w/bag.  2 in stock

Christopher's Workshop
Gofriller 7/8

Big bass, big sound, medium price at (special) $4800. All solid wood and fully carved, yet amazinigly light, a good thing IMO.
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 nearlya ll of the previous 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!

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%.