SOLD: Abraham Prescott Double Bass c1830, New Hampshire


Abraham Prescott Double Bass c1830, New Hampshire

A beautiful example of the iconic Prescott Busetto pattern double bass with a long playing history, expertly maintained with original detail throughout.


SALE PENDING: Abraham Prescott Double Bass c1830, New Hampshire

Beautiful, well-maintained, and played example of the prized Prescott Busetto-cornered contrabass. A previous owner dated to 1823, that could be a little early, but it certainly represents the “golden era” of Prescott double basses as he and the Dearborn brothers moved into regular production in Deerfield and Concord, New Hampshire.

This is one of the finest examples we’ve seen. All of the iconic Prescott bass details are intact – Busetto corners, bee-stinger brass plates, and connected ff-holes. These special basses don’t come up for sale very often and are rarely such vibrant musical instruments.

This Prescott double bass was long owned and brilliantly played by Jeff Weisner of the National Symphony Orchestra. He had it fully restored in 1988 by Robert Daugherty and the extension was added in 1999 by Mario LaMarre.  Weisner says of this Prescott, “It’s a truly special instrument and one of the finest American basses that I’ve ever seen. Huge, resonant tone with a special depth and power in the lower range. For a bass of this size, it is extremely well set up and very easy to play, even in the upper register. I’ve played many solos and concertos on it with very good results.”

Two-piece canted back of quilted/birdseye maple. Very healthy with a history of expert repairs, fully-gated ebony C-extension. Available for audition at our workshop – call Eric for more info: +1 (860) 535-9399.

Abraham Prescott Double Bass c1830 Measurements:

  • Upper Bout: 21″
  • C-Bout: 15″
  • Lower Bout: 28″
  • Rib Depth: 6 1/4″ at Heel, 8 3/4″ at End Block
  • Length of Body: 48″
  • String Length: 42″
  • Neck: D


***Please note, double basses do not qualify for the website FREE SHIPPING promotion.  Please contact us for shipping, courier or pickup options prior to placing your order.

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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