Moses A. Tewkesbury Double Bass c1844


A beautiful example from one of Prescott’s luthiers


This full sized Moses A. Tewkesbury double bass was is a well-restored example with an enormous presence. Tewkesbury was an apprentice and builder in Abraham Prescott’s shop. Details abound that scream “Prescott,” from the scroll to the uncut ff-holes, arching, measurements, even to the quality of the sugar maple used on the back. This instrument is clearly akin to the gamba-pattern Prescott (ex-Tiny Martin) we also have in stock.

The well-preserved 1844 label identifies it as originating in Chester, N.H., thirty miles from Prescott’s Concord locale. While Abraham Prescott expanded his company building melodions and pedal organs, one of his finest craftsmen struck out on his own and continued in the Prescott style.


  • Upper Bout: 22 1/2″
  • C-Bout: 16 1/4″
  • Lower Bout: 28 1/2″
  • Rib Depth: 6 1/2″ at Heel, 8 1/2″ at End Block
  • Length of Body: 48″
  • String Length: 42 1/4″

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

Upton Bass is ready to offer advice and answer any questions regarding double basses or related bass topics. Please contact UB at 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.


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