This Double Bass was made expressly for the ISB Maker’s Competition as the 2015 “Team UB” submission. It was awarded a Certificate of Tone.
In competitions past, “Team UB” has been Gary and Eric, but we decided to change it up a bit this time around. This year Eric and Chris have paired up to build this experimental concept based on a model by Giovanni Cavani, generously proportioned from the original to a big 7/8ths.
It’s interesting to note that this model for ISB exists in many ways because of ISB. A few years ago we met Marc Ramirez at an ISB convention, and he commissioned us to make a travel version of his c1870 Giovanni Cavani double bass. The travel model was a success, and was essentially a scaled-down version (with our patented adjustable neck) of a true “violin makers” bass.
This new design for the 2015 ISB Maker’s Competition came about when Gary envisioned a larger scale version of Marc’s bass. The intent was to capture the needs of orchestral musicians with the ergonomics, playability, and impeccable tone expected from an Upton Bass. Each detail starting with the top-grade German Maple and Spruce selections, the inlaid purfling, ff holes, to the ebony fingerboard and tailpiece was designed in our workshop and hand carved by Eric and Chris.
Upton Bass is proud of Chris and Eric’s accomplishment, and we invite you to take a look at their work yourself. Stop by our showroom and experience “award-winning” tone and playability for yourself, or scroll through the high resolution photos that show every exquisite detail.
Upton Bass String Instrument Co. specializes in building award-winning custom double basses and offers accessories for the double bass. Upton Bass also services all instruments and bows of the violin family with world class restoration and repair, to view our online restoration portfolio visit stringrepair.com
Upton Bass is ready to offer advice and answer any questions regarding double basses or related bass topics. Please contact UB at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the shop at +1 (860) 535-9399. Hours of operation Tuesday through Saturday 10am – 6pm. The Workshop (The Barn) and showroom are located in Mystic, Connecticut conveniently between Boston and NYC.