Paul Perley Cellos - Sales, Repair and Restoration of Violin Family Instruments
Paul Perley Cellos - Sales, Repair and Restoration of Violin Family Instruments

 









 

Basses For Sale

 

String Basses For Sale at Paul Perley Cellos


Standing in our shop is jazz bassist Peter Williams holding two historic basses. On his right is his own bass, formerly played by Jimmy Garrison (John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman & many others) on which we just completed some major repairs. Held with his left hand is a bass formerly played by Rick Kilburn (Dave Brubeck among others). This bass is currently for sale in our shop.

#404 - Wilfer #12
$16.000

The bass consists of flamed maple and choice spruce top that meets high standards. The Gamba form results in a variety of uses and tones with beautiful response.

About Wilfer
The workshop was founded in 1905 and is now in its fourth generation. Every bass is hand-made according to an old tradition. Wilfer basses have an easy response, playability, high sound quality and a balanced tone color. The tops and backs are prepared according to sound circles and the varnish is a natural resin from an old family recipe that is applied by hand.

 

#402 - Wilfer #10
$11,000

#402 - Wilfer #10
Arched maple back, fine spruce top, reinforced sides, ebony trimmed. Hand-made and varnished classic Gamba shape bass offers a broad tone spectrum.

About Wilfer
The workshop was founded in 1905 and is now in its fourth generation. Every bass is hand-made according to an old tradition. Wilfer basses have an easy response, playability, high sound quality and a balanced tone color. The tops and backs are prepared according to sound circles and the varnish is a natural resin from an old family recipe that is applied by hand.

 

Unlabeled carved German
ca 1930
$5500

This lovely instrument is a difficult thing to find: a very nicely made German round-back bass, some 80 years old, and with very few repairs. It has nice focus and ?punch? for jazz but also has a rich, complex arco sound. It is nicely set up with adjustable bridge, great endpin with screw-on rubber tip, and Evah Pirazzi strings. And it is very easy to finger.
 

Liandro Di Vacenza, Made for Kolstein and Sons, 2008
$5500

This is a great playing bass in almost new condition with a Gage Realist pickup. Very easy to play with excellent punch, volume and tone.
 

Ernst Heinrich Roth…B3 1169, 1973
$3500

Both the Roth stamp and serial number are stamped inside. This is a hybrid bass: carved top (where the sound comes from), laminated sides and back. The bass belonged to a fine jazz player in the south and while it has obviously seen much use, is in good playing condition. Comes with pickup, bow, and very nice, heavily padded bag.
 

Sheng Liu Laminate double bass 3/4
$1,300
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Euro Basic Laminate double bass 3/4
$1,920.00

Calin Wultur Carcassi double bass model 3/4
$5,800.00
 

Calin Wultur Panormo double bass model 3/4
$5,800.00

Also available in Busetto model

 


½ Bass, label John Juzek….formerly in Prague
ca. 1960
$8800 SALE $6000

A surprising number of local jazz bassists are using ½ size instruments. Their size makes them less vulnerable at cramped gigs, and they are considerably easier to travel with. This lovely 50 yr-old Juzek, which is virtually repair-free, has the sound and depth that exceeds many ¾ basses, and sports the great Wilfer wood and workmanship that made the firm famous. With bag and Gage Realist pickup.
 



"G.A. Pfretzschner, Markneukirchen"
ca 1920
$7500

Stamped "G.A. Pfretzschner, Markneukirchen". A beautiful G.A. Pfretzschner ca. 1920 flatback that has a interesting past. It was played by Rick Kilburn when he was bassist for Dave Brubeck, and subsequently performed on by Harvey Schwartz. Amazingly there is only small repair in the top, near one f-hole. It has all the punch and tone that you would expect from a bass with such an lofty playing history.
 


New England Church Bass ca 1860
$1000

Here's an opportunity to own a piece of 19th century New England musical history. Church basses (roughly the same size as cellos) are a uniquely American phenomenon used as the bass instrument in church services and often suspended by a cord from the neck of the player during processions (apparently the idea never quite took hold for high school marching bands). Church basses typically had a short neck, a low neck angle and a short neck overstand. This one has had a modern neck grafted on to the original scroll and set with all the proper numbers. It's set up as a cello and has a truly deep, lovely sound.
 

Juzek (Wilfer) Bass Master Art
ca. 1969
$19,000

Juzek (Wilfer) Bass Master Art , ca. 1969

We are extremely fortunate to be associated with the Juzek Family and to offer this never-been-played bass that has been unearthed by Rob & Adam Juzek. The Emmanuel Wilfer company which has made all the fine Juzek basses for many years has long been considered one of the best bass-making shops in the world. This one is simply gorgeous with a lovely amber varnish, amazing European wood the quality of which is simply unavailable today, and great workmanship down to the inlaid Wilfer logo on the back. A terrific player right now, it will only get better with use. Even the bridge blank is nearly 50 years old. Certainly a one-of-a-kind bass.

 

“Ernst Heinrich Roth…1971”
$2500

“Ernst Heinrich Roth…1971”

E.H. Roth was an excellent German maker in the 1930’s and his firm maintained its reputation into the 70’s. This is an excellent hybrid bass with a beautiful piece of spruce in the top, and laminated sides and back. Great sound with depth, punch and volume that makes it difficult to believe that it isn’t fully carved. Here is a bass with the sound of a carved instrument and the sturdiness of a laminated one. It also comes with a top-of the line padded bag and a good pickup.

 

German, ca. 1850
$8000

German, ca. 1850. $8000. (35,36)

There aren’t many of these around: a great, old carved bass with huge, amazing sound that can come only from age. This has been fully structurally restored by Rob over a period of more than two years and is in great playing condition. Excellent for pizz. or arco, it is probably the best playing bass we’ve ever had in the shop.

 

3 /4 Bulgarian Flatback. This is a unique bass that we just finished work on. Made in the 1970's, this instrument has beautiful workmanship and is in excellent condition. The top and ribs are carved, but the flat back is laminated, eliminating the inherent problems associated with solid backs that are flat. (This was made in a time when hybrids as we know them were not yet conceived). The label is in Russian characters and tells us that it was made in a town called Kazanlik. The best part is that it is a great playing bass, currently set up for jazz with the new Velvet strings. It's one of the most interesting and best playing basses we've had here in a long time. $3500.

Christopher, 2004. Hybrid (carved top, laminated sides and back) . One of the best basses of its type made today. $2200.00

We recently acquired a lovely 3/4 bass made in Mittenwald, Germany in the middle part of the 1800's, and we're currently doing extensive restoration on it. It's made of excellent wood, and should be a fine instrument for a serious or professional classical or jazz player. We'll keep you posted.


 

 


Paul Perley Cellos 452 Brookfield Road Berlin, Vermont 05602802.229.1501