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.


George Gemünder, 1875, New York

Best instruments

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
  • Very responsive
  • Highly figured  wood
  • Removable neck
  • Reasonably priced


  • Large 3/4
  • Violin shaped
  • Round back
  • Very Good condition
  • Used on numerous historic jazz recordings

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

Anon. Mittenwald circa 1870

  • Dark sound and appearance
  • Extension
  • Carbon fiber rod in neck
  • Recent full restoration


Student basses under $5000

East German Laminate
  • Good solid working bass
  • Realist® pickup
  • Spirocore strings
Shen SB-80
  • Great starter instrument

Michael Weiss

  • Rubner Machines
  • Violin corners
  • Tonally improved

Shen SB-150

  • 3/4 Hybrid
  • Violin corners
  • Adjustable bridge

Solano 5/8ths 

  • Fully carved 
  • Flat back 
  • Just under 40 inches

!/2 size German Laminate

  • New bridge
  • New Helicore strings
  • New bag

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

Roth 1981

  • Classic German 'gamba shape
  • Round Back
  • Great Jazz bass

Christopher, Matteo Goffriller Replica

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

Laborie-Vance "Q" bass

  • 3/4 round back
  • Very light
  • Oil varnish
  • Drilled for angled end-pin
  • Very responsive

Andreas Schröetter circa1920

  • Gamba shape
  • Round back
  • Hat peg tuners
  • Recent full restoration
  • Refined sound
  • Good value

Kolstein 2007

  • Round back
  • Guarneri model
  • 103cm-40 3/8 string length
  • Pirastro Jazzers


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

Christopher Gofriller



In Progress (available quickly)

Thomas Andres

  • Viennese design
  • Birdseye maple
  • Can be finished either as a four or five strings, in modern or historical setup