A. Batchelder and Son Double Bass, 1875, Pelham, New Hampshire



Prescott-school 19th Century Batchelder double bass. A well-maintained, superbly playable and sonorous historic New England contrabass.


A. Batchelder and Son Double Bass, 1875, Pelham, New Hampshire

This Batchelder and Son Double Bass is a beautiful example of an early American instrument from the Prescott school. A first glance at this instrument suggests Prescott, with its shoulder hump and long beautiful ff-holes almost precisely like early smaller Prescotts. It may have even used a Prescott form in its building. Being New England bass builders, we have a fascination with everything from Abraham Prescott, a fascination clearly shared even in his time. The Tewksbury and this Batchelder represent the legacy of the fine builders that passed through the orbit of Abraham Prescott and his sons. In this case, it appears Mr. Batchelder married into the Prescott family, and built this instrument about ten years after Prescott Brothers (their father Abraham had passed away in 1858) had stopped producing string instruments.

This contrabass is in fine shape, having undergone a full restoration in the last couple of decades and service by Arnold Schnitzer. It displays a quick voice, big sound, and sweetness across the registers bowed. The Batchelder exudes orchestral clarity and plenty of jazz punch and growl in a smaller package. Just a prime example of a great New England bass. As with any instrument such as this, the buyer can expect a setup freshened by Upton Bass to suit your preferences and style. Plan to audition at your leisure in our showroom!


  • Upper Bout: 21″
  • C Bout: 15″
  • Lower Bout: 25.25″
  • Length of Back: 42.25″
  • Rib Depth: 6 – 7.25″
  • String Length: 41.25″
  • Neck: D
  • Weight:

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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 this Prescott double bass or related bass topics. Please contact UB at or call the shop at +1 (860) 535-9399. Hours of operation Tuesday through Saturday 10 am – 6 pm. The Workshop (The Barn) and showroom are located in Mystic, Connecticut conveniently between Boston and NYC.


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