This Double Bass c1850 is labelled “Ferdinand A. Homolka.” Homolka was from the famous violin-makers family that came from Velvary in the Czech Republic. Together with his brother, Emanuel Adam Homolka, he constructed many fine instruments in Prague according to the models of Stradivari, J. Guarneri and N. Amati. Homolka was known for various personal designs, although his renditions of the legendary Italian classics were prized for their quality of tone. Lütgendorff, a well known violin connoisseur described Homolka as the “Prague Stradivari.” Many of Homolka’s instruments bear intricate details and deep red or golden-toned varnish.
This Homolka Double Bass features a simple gamba pattern that is similar to the Bohemian-styled basses imported to the US by John Juzek (1920-1970’s). This double bass recently underwent a restoration and had a custom-made ebony C-Extension installed by the Upton Bass luthiers. Upton Bass C-Extensions are non-invasive: we do not cut nor drill into the scroll as many other luthiers do. Our non-invasive C-Extension preserves both the original appearance and value of a vintage instrument.
Upton Bass String Instrument Co. specializes in building award-winning custom double basses and offers accessoriesfor 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 email@example.com 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.