We design and make high quality double basses and violones, and are dealers for new instruments by Xue Chang Sun, Christopher, Shen and other makers. We also offer antique and consignment instruments as they become available. 

There are currently more than a dozen basses for sale in all price ranges. Commissions for new basses and violones are encouraged.

We also stock a small selection of bows from student to professional. Currently we have several good German bows as well as an antique Dragonetti style bow and baroque style bass bow. 


George Gemünder, 1875, New York

Best instruments


Zamberti circa 1911

  • Easy to play
  • Huge quality sound

Fratelli Sirleto 2001

  • Lott Model
  • Flat back

Anon. Austrian 19th-century

  • Flat back
  • Excellent orchestral bass

School of Jacquet

  • round back
  • Good condition

Anon. 19th-cent. Saxon

  • Recent restoration
  • A joy to play

George Gemünder, New York, 1875

  • Fantastic bass
  • Very playable size
  • Recent major restoration
  • Near perfect condition

Neuner & Hornsteiner, 1849, Mittenwald

  • Full size
  • Flat back
  • Huge sound

Thomas Andres, The Plains, 2013/14

  • Small 3/4 Patterened on an old Dutch bass
  • Very responsive
  • Highly figured  wood
  • Removable neck
  • Reasonably priced
  • SOLD


  • 7/8 ths
  • Lion's head
  • Violin shaped
  • Excellent condition

Thomas Andres, The Plains, 2009

  • Prescott model. Winner of Certificate of Merit for Tone, ISB Competition 2009: "A massive instrument with nice character, great for orchestra and jazz"; "nice matching of materials"; "excellent orchestral bass sound"; "nice clean work"; "A beautiful sounding bass"...  
  • SOLD



Rumano Solano

  • 1994 #74
  • Gamba shaped round back
  • Good bass

Student basses under $5000

Kay M1
  • 1948
  • Classic American bass
  • Revolution pickup
  • Used in Military band at Whitehouse
Shen SB-80
  • Great starter instrument
  • Used at Jazz at Lincoln Center Summer Academy
  • Spirocore strings
  • Realist pickup

Christopher 2007

  • Hybrid
  • Gamba-shape
  • Jazzer Strings
  • Realist pickup
  • SOLD


Solano 5/8ths 

  • Fully carved 
  • Flat back 
  • Just under 40 inches


Better basses under $10,000

Xue Chang Sun Model 403 

  • 7/8ths round back
  • Nicely flamed
  • Every one has been good: I can't say enough nice things about them.
  • We use one for concert rentals with demanding artists. 

John Juzek circa 1965

  • Round back 3/4 size
  • Very good condition
  • Fully carved

Kolstein  Orchestra model 1988

  • Flat back 'gamba model
  • Very good Orchestra or Jazz instrument

Christopher, Matteo Goffriller Replica

  • Large 3/4 round back
  • Individual French gears
  • Refined tone
  • 41 inch (104) string length


We are glad to forward more detailed images of any of our instruments. Please contact us at thomas@lowstrings.com.

Christopher Gofriller

Zamberti 400 DSCN2522.jpgZamberti


Sirleto 400 DSCN2520.jpgSirleto

Jacquet 400 DSCN2517.jpg

Attributed to Jacquet circa 1880

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Anon. Austrian circa 1870

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Anon Saxon late 19th-century