We've dropped the price on two of the rarest vintage Kays you can find - by 500 bucks! If you've been very good this year, tell Santa and leave out the milk and cookies. Or just snag one for yourself before he gets to them! uptonbass.com/holiday-kay-bass-sale/... See MoreSee Less
We’ve dropped the price on two of the rarest vintage Kays you can find – by 500 bucks! If you’ve been very good this year, tell Santa and leave out the milk and cookies. Or just snag one for yourself before he gets to them! Related
I still have an Engelhardt SK1 that I got on 1996. Got me through high school pretty well. 1993 manufacturer date. I know it is a Kay design produced by Engelhardt after they bought Kay.
Kay basses must be the best mass produced Bass you Americans ever made . I have had mine all my playing life 50 years plus and its it's still going strong and I live in England !
Your Kay basses should go to good homes they are one of the best. 👍
Wonderland...Do you guys believe in donations...?
I hear so many wonderful things about your instruments I need to take a ride up
I have always wondered what it would sound like if I went down to the local big box store, glued pieces of wood together and then cut and fully carved an upright out of them.
They usually have studs labeled “SPF” so the bundles are a mix of spruce, white pine, and Douglass fir. I would use these for the top, blocks, and linings.
They usually also have Red Oak and Poplar on hand. Poplar doesn’t fit my aesthetic so I would use the red oak for the back sides and neck.
Basically pre-fabricate all of my parts out of what is readily available.
Would most likely need to season the SPF studs for a little longer as they seem a little wet and young.
I would also try to select for as close to Quarter sawn pieces as possible.
That being said, Scott Lafaro’s bass looks like it had flat sawn pieces for the top at least and there are rumors and legends about how resonant his bass was.
Congratulations to Gregory Padilla who will be the recipient of the Emile Kuehnl #doublebass bow from Upton Bass! There were many outstanding submissions and we’ll have some other giveaways as we can’t help helping with so many outstanding players reaching out! #givingfriday #thedoublebassfoundation #uptonbass #uprightbass #contrabass ... See MoreSee Less
A lot of exciting things from Thomas and George Martin are here this holiday season! There's a gang of Martin English basses in the Upton Bass barn. And if you're as fanatical as we are about historic instruments, skip the lines for the next I-thing and consider the Martins' newly published masterwork, The English Double Bass. It's easier than ever to admire and play these very English broad-shouldered basses here in New England. [ 104 more words ] uptonbass.com/martin-english-basses-in-abundance/... See MoreSee Less
Hope everybody has a wonderful holiday, surrounded by great people, great food and great music. We will be closed Thanksgiving Day, but the shop will be open our normal hours this Friday and Saturday. Stop by! Thanks for being part of our family - from the whole Upton Bass crew! uptonbass.com/happy-thanksgiving-ub-open-this-weekend/... See MoreSee Less
Hope everybody has a wonderful holiday, surrounded by great people, great food and great music. We will be closed Thanksgiving Day, but the shop will be open our normal hours this Friday and Saturday. Stop by! Thanks for being part of our family – from the whole Upton Bass crew! Related
Thomas and George Martin 3/4 Double Bass NEW, Oxfordshire, England, 2018 The Martin 3/4 double bass is built with generous proportions and classic English style. Slightly smaller than the grand designs that inspired it. Like all Martin basses, the 3/4 model is built with fine woods and traditional methods. Please note this is a new, mint condition Martin 3/4 double bass. [ 202 more words ] uptonbass.com/product/thomas-and-george-martin-3-4-double-bass-new/The Martin 3/4 double bass exudes English craftsmanship and a giant presence. Slightly smaller than the 4/4 model and hugely playable. ... See MoreSee Less
This is a finely crafted Emile Kuehnl double bass bow, French grip, valued at $1,200. FREE to promising bass player! Upton Bass has been entrusted by a generous donor to find it's next home. Our intention is to find a student double bassist who deserves an excellent world-class handmade wooden bow! Click Here for Full Listing and More Pics! This holiday season, please contact us if you feel this bow could take your playing (or that of somebody you know, or teach) to the next level. [ 93 more words ] uptonbass.com/upton-bass-holiday-giveaway-emile-kuehnl-double-bass-bow/... See MoreSee Less
This is a finely crafted Emile Kuehnl double bass bow, French grip, valued at $1,200. FREE to promising bass player! Upton Bass has been entrusted by a generous donor to find it’s next home. Our intention is to find a student double bassist who deserves an excellent world-class handmade wooden bow...
Justin Bendel Thought you may have some students who may be interested.
My son would love this bow. He made a video to tell you about himself. https://youtu.be/70zPNZhp3DE
My son would love this bow! He is a junior in high school and plays in the Symphonic Orchestra, Advanced Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, and Symphonic Winds. He even plays the euphonium in the freshman band (the only band class that fit in his schedule!) and the marching band. His first love will always be his bass! When he was a tiny 5th grader we went to instrument selection night and he said he wanted to try the bass. He walked up and started to play and the teacher looked startled and asked if he had ever played before. He hadn't but is was a natural fit for him. He is always willing to pitch in and play wherever needed. He spends lot of time on your website and dreams of visiting some day. Thanks for what you do! His bow needs to be rehaired and he would like to learn to do it himself. He ordered hair and is working on doing an older cheaper bow to learn the process. It is fun to see him research and learn!
Misty Blasz Miller, this is a great opportunity for Connor to have a better bow!
Hope I did it right when we got the Kay bass back just the bow was missing
I can’t wait to meet you guys
Emile Kuehnl Double Bass Bow - Holiday Giveaway - FREE to Worthy Student! This is a finely crafted Emile Kuehnl double bass bow, French grip, valued at $1,200. Upton Bass has been entrusted by a generous donor to find it's next home! Our intention is to find a student player who deserves an excellent world-class handmade wooden bow. This holiday season, please contact us if you feel this bow could take your playing (or that of somebody you know, or teach) to the next level. [ 149 more words ] uptonbass.com/product/emile-kuehnl-double-bass-bow-donation/... See MoreSee Less
It would go well with my Upton std., and I don’t have a bow. I am told that the bow teaches good intonation:)
Perfect timing for this Xmas holidays....
I’ll be whole new chapter..!!!
Thanks from Colombia ...
I have a student in mind! How can I recommend them? (Middle school player with no Facebook).
Every time I see all those basses in the background, I get the same feeling when I watch videos of puppies in animal shelters, sitting there all sad. I just wanna buy them all and take them to my place and give them a good home.
if you play bass you need an UPTON BASS , they take care of you 100% , I can not by any more happier that i own one , Friendly Service , with many years of experience , thanks Upton Bass
Jack Hanlon your the Best thanks for the tune up to my Upton Bass , it sounds great , Im ready for some studio work now
Because I have no bloody clue what I’m doing, and should probably be working on it, but instead I’m sitting here watching it snow outside.
JACK MY LATIN JAZZ CD IS ON ITS WAY , LET ME KNOW WHEN U GET IT , THANKS
Julia Vieira Reis, my daughter, would be a great recipient! She loves playing bass in and out of school ensembles. Besides her musical talents, she is a kind and giving person, spending a lot of her free time volunteering in her community with the Girl Scouts and Lions Clubs. I know she would cherish it if chosen.
Hello Bruce here!
I started playing the bass several years ago as a challenge to my self and family.
To buy my first bass I would go around the city collecting plastic bottles and bought a used rental bass
with a used french bow. When I say used I mean used bow. We have a Cello player, Viola player, who
is my twin bother, lastly we have a first and seconded violinist where one is my bother wife.
My brothers wife has recently passed from brain cancer. The local community preparatory orchestra
has dedicated the whole playing season in her name. It would be nice to win this bow in memory of
her as a beckon of light to us to keep playing. She keep coming to practice carrying this battle.
Thank You for this opportunity.