Double bass

     Inspired by repairing and restoring the finest rare double basses in the world at Robertson & Sons Violins, first-hand study and detailed observation of fine and historic instruments inform a classically-inspired, yet thoroughly innovative process. 


Modeled after the most pure example of Giovanni Batista Ceruti--possibly the only existing example of a Cremonese double bass with a clear and direct lineage to the masters.  Not a bench copy per se, the original was measured, traced, photographed and studied first-hand over the better part of a month, and much time was spent rethinking the modeling so as to preserve the rich throaty voice while adjusting dimensions to accommodate contemporary virtuosic playing.  The result is a modern bass that preserves a rich, colorful core supported by an enveloping fundamental, and dressed up in a classic Cremonese style characterized by curvy, circular geometric balance and a supple, deep ruddy varnish.  


This model received a Gold Medal at the International Society of Bassists (2015), ISB Convention Favorite Honorable Mentions (2015 and 2017), as well as a Certificate of Merit for tone from the Violin Society of America (2016).  Prominent players include Scott Pingel ,principal bassist of the San Francisco Symphony and Richard Barber, assistant principal bassist of the National Symphony Orchestra.


Modeled after a fine bass built by Florentine brothers Lorenzo and Tomaso Carcassi.  Although of a much smaller size, the original possesses a vibrant and powerful tonal quality. The model was significantly enlarged to full 3/4 dimensions, and is a complex powerhouse under the bow and pizzicato alike.  


The inspiration for this bass was built in Venice by Domenico Montagnana, perhaps the greatest maker of basses and cellos of all time.  It is exceptional in modeling, workmanship, tone and varnish, and is in the most pure state of preservation known--a true masterpiece. Careful study, observation and playing of the original instrument for half a year informed every decision in the design and making process of this faithful copy, and every aspect of the original has been incorporated. A true orchestral bass, the tone is round and pure, dynamic and booming, capable of being driven to the very highest threshold of technique. 


Modeled after a bass by Raffaele and Antonio (II) Gagliano in Naples, which was owned by famed jazz musician Art Davis.


The first copy is now owned by John Patitucci and can be seen here.