Abraham Prescott Double Bass 1830s Concord, New Hampshire


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Abraham Prescott Double Bass 1830s 4/4 Size with C-Extension

This 1830s Prescott is an excellent example of the builder in his prime, in the famous “Busetto” cornered shape.

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Abraham Prescott Double Bass 1830s 4/4 Size with C-Extension

This full sized classic contrabass is an excellent example of Prescott in his prime, in the famous “Busetto” cornered shape.

Wonderful 1830s Prescott double bass in great repair, bearing the original label. Rich, seismic bottom & lovely bow response with comfortable, modern enhancements. Played continuously in symphony orchestras across the Great Lakes region—always babied. Includes Laborie endpin, custom Messina cover, pickup, & extra sound-posts. The back, four feet of flat bookmatched Sugar Maple, is rippling with flame. Connected ff-Holes are intact, strengthening the spruce top. Full original size, brilliant for orchestral work or can be set up for the Scott LaFaro fan.
  • Upper Bout: 22″
  • C Bout: 15.75″
  • Lower Bout: 28.75″
  • Rib Depth: 7.25 – 8.75″
  • Length of Back: 48″
  • String Length: 42.5″
  • Neck: D
  • Weight: 32 Lbs
Label reads:
Abraham Prescott
Manufacturer & Dealer
in Musical Instruments of
Every Description
Nearly Opposite the American Hotel
Concord, N.H.

A short history of the Abraham Prescott workshop:

The Abraham Prescott double bass is an early American classic, one which can still be found in concert halls around the world. Based on the great variety of instruments made, along with the tales the instruments tell us when examining the construction, Prescott was working without forms and templates.  His business grew and the addition of workers (Dearborn Brothers) saw Prescott become more of a manufacturer of instruments.  The Dearborns had perhaps some better training and the instruments made during this time have a greater sense of refinement.  In the early 1830’s Abraham moved the workshop from Deerfield to Concord, New Hampshire to expand his production and by the mid to late 1830’s began the construction of Melodians and eventually Organs.  By 1850 Abraham retired and left the business to his sons. In 1858 the firm became The Prescott Brothers, and at that time, the string instrument portion of the business was either sold off and/or continued by the Dearborn Brothers under their own name, however the production of orchestral instruments appears to have been over by the 1860s?  In the 1870s the business became the Prescott Organ Company but by 1886 Organs had been all but sidelined as the production of pianos was in full swing. By the 1890s, the Prescott Piano Company became the official name, with the listed officers being Willis Thompson (President) and George D.B. Prescott (Treasurer).  In 1896 the Concord facility was completely lost to fire and a new workshop was begun in a warehouse close to the original workshop. The company had a large distribution and dealer base throughout North America but eventually was out of business around the 1920s.

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