Lovely Joel Mentec double bass, built for Gary Karr in 1983, Firminy, France.
This instrument was custom built for and owned by Gary Karr and shows his preferences in its viol shape with high overstand and a very accessible upper bout. Mr. Karr has refined these preferences to this day, in the quest for a large balanced voice with the greatest fingerboard access – as seen in the Upton Karr Model.
This instrument would go on to be cared for by Mr. Karr’s students in conservatory and performance settings and has always been played and diligently maintained.
- Upper Bout: 20”
- C Bout: 15.5”
- Lower Bout: 25.5”
- Rib Depth: 6.75″ at endblock, 6.5″ at cant, 5” at neck block
- Body Length: 43.25″
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 stringrepair.com
Upton Bass is ready to offer advice and answer any questions regarding this Joel Mentec Gary Karr double bass or related bass topics. Please contact UB at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.