SOLD: Hawkes & Son Panormo Double Bass c1920


A very nice example of an early 1920s Hawkes & Son Panormo model, most likely French-built. Older restoration sounds fantastic with deep color and patina.


Hawkes & Son Panormo Double Bass circa 1920, distinctive broad shoulders and pronounced arching on this larger instrument.

We’ve seen a lot of Hawkes basses in the last few years, this example is pretty special. The condition, the color, and most importantly, the sound. It plays and sounds great.

7/8ths size round back with violin corners. Top of two-piece medium-grained spruce. Back of two-piece curly maple with matching ribs and linings. The neck is original of curly maple, with original scroll and original individual brass gears. Full Kolstein restoration in 1974, halfway through its first century.

Take everything you love about the Hawkes Professor and Concert level basses (the look! the tone!), and then make it more playable, and you have the lovely Panormo model. With slightly narrower ribs, and shoulders not as broad, the Panormo model Hawkes bass is the one you have been searching for!  These Panormo models dont come up for sale often publicly…so dont hesitate on this one as it will be gone soon as its truley superb!


  • Upper Bout: 20 5/8″
  • C Bout 14 5/8″
  • Lower Bout: 27″
  • Rib Depth: 5 7/8″ to 7 3/4″
  • Length of Top: 44 1/4″
  • String Length: 42″


***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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