SOLD: Wenzl Wilfer Double Bass 1976 Germany

This Wenzl Wilfer Double Bass, 1976, is a fully carved round back with classic German gamba-pattern styling and exceptional fingerboard access. A beautiful, well-maintained example of this master’s craft with insanely lovely wood choices in the maple back and sides.


This Wenzl Wilfer Double Bass 1976 is German built and features a fully carved roundback body, highly figured maple back and sides, inlaid and gamba corners.

We see many Wilfers here, they built many of the postwar Juzek-labeled basses that came to America. This instrument is on another level – a brilliant hand built instrument with Wenzl’s personal label showcasing the art that those abundant factory instruments echoed.

Old growth maple back and sides ripple with pattern, but the classic lines and expert joining speak for themselves, with no need for excess, and all the features that make Bohemian double basses popular: compact, strong and for a fully carved, quite easy to live with. This bass is suitable for a wide spectrum from chamber music to the section to the bebop bandstand.


  • Upper Bout: 19″
  • C Bout: 14.5″
  • Lower Bout: 26″
  • Rib Taper: 7.25 – 8.5″
  • Length of Back: 43″
  • String Length: 41″
  • Weight: 21 lbs
  • Neck: D


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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