SOLD: Martin Double Bass 4/4 Model, 2010, Oxfordshire, England


Martin Double Bass: This instrument is based on the great masters of bass making notably Vincenzo Panormo and Thomas Kennedy.  These classic English-made double basses were 4/4 size, and most likely Martin’s referral to this model as a 4/4 is paying homage to the basses that inspired their own making. The Martins slightly adjusted the upper outline and tried to retain the classic character while making the instrument easily playable, so while the Martins affectionately call this their 4/4 model, it is a large-bodied 3/4.  Used but loved by a professional local to the UB shop where we have been able to care for and adjust this bass since we imported it new.

  • String Length: 42 inches (106.7 cm)
  • Length of Back: 44 inches (112 cm)
  • Rib Depth: 8.75 inches (22.5 cm)
  • Upper Bout: 21 inches (53 cm)
  • Middle Bout: 15.25 inches (38.5 cm)
  • Lower Bout: 27.25 inches (69 cm)


Martin Double Bass: Tom has been playing and working with the double bass for more than 60 years now. This experience, along with Tom’s teaching and conducting, has enabled him to become one of the world’s most experienced producers and sellers of double basses.

His friendship with several of the leading contemporary makers led to a keen interest in the art of the Luthier. Some twenty years ago Tom began studies in the craft under the influence of the prominent restorer and expert Andrew Dipper, the former instructor at the International School of Violin Making – “A Stradivari”- in Cremona, Italy.

The instruments which came out of the Tom Martin workshop over the years that followed were small in number owing to the heavy working schedule as a player and teacher, but those made have found an appreciative and select group of owners from many of the greatest orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, B.B.C. Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, and in leading ensembles in Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Spain, U.S.A., and Japan.

To date, Thomas Martin has produced over 160 double basses and a number of fine violas and cellos.

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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.