SOLD: Emanuel Wilfer Double Bass c1998


Meticulously maintained Emanuel Wilfer Gamba model double bass. Fully carved and plays well.


This Emanuel Wilfer Double Bass, 1998 is the culmination of four generations of experience and old master’s tradition. A ¾ size round back gamba model, this Wilfer double bass is an incredibly versatile instrument with a broad tone spectrum. Easy response and playability are the trademarks of instruments from the Wilfer workshop. This bass is fully carved with inlaid purfling, and features a medium grained spruce top and moderately arched flamed maple back, ribs, and neck. The gears are brass Tyrolean style tuners from the Rubner Workshop. It has a red-brown varnish with an amber base.

This Wilfer double bass was meticulously maintained by its former owner, and it has all of the paperwork and service records to prove it. It performs and plays well, just as a Wilfer should, and it was recently listed as overall “good” condition by a big NYC shop. Used as a working instrument for the last 17 years, it shows light cosmetic wear which is expected for an instrument of its age. It is setup and ready for you to play with Spirocore strings, bridge adjusters, and a Mooradian bass bag.


  • Upper Bout – 19 1/2”
  • Center Bout – 14”
  • Lower Bout – 25 3/4”
  • Ribs – 6 1/4” (heel) to 7 3/4” (end block)
  • Body Length – 43”
  • String Length – 40 1/2”

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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