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String Basses You Could Own!

offered by Bruce Sexauer's thestringbass.com

(June, 2016)

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)
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
1951 Kay S-9

UnBroken! Blonde in 95% condition. Original ebony fingerboard, original soundpost (fit well). New Aubert bridge w/o wheels. B'Grass set-up. Carved scroll, Thomastic Spirocore strings, Mooridian bag. $2800

Dalton Dillingham Estate
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. $3500 with 2 PU systems.
"Barn Red"

Dalton like a lot of strings! This European flat-back has 5, and the 5th is currently a low B. A small body with 40 3/4" strings. Restored from very rough to a decent player. $4800
late 1500's Ruggieri?
Page Pending 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.  $22,000
"Natural Blonde"
5/8 italian bass Another very old bass with an unknown history. Very interesting construction unique in my experience.  Possibly worth much more that I'm asking.  $12,000


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-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.  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 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!

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

I have four bows from The Dillingham (rip) estate. All are pernambuco.
(1)  plain jane $450
(2)  Antique Baroqueish that has been broken an repaired but is a genuine 1700's bow $1500
(3) Labeled Roth, not recent, works nicely $800

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