Sold: Mirecourt Double Bass, Late 19th Century French Guild Contrebasse


Beautiful Mirecourt double bass, a French guild bass from the second half of the 19th Century with long C bouts and a rounded gamba pattern.


Sold: Mirecourt Double Bass, Late 19th Century French Guild Contrebasse

This Mirecourt Double Bass could be a little older than some of the 1890s examples we’ve seen. A longer well proportioned 3/4 size with rounded gamba bouts – what a nice French bass! Lots of patina and presence, very original and well maintained.

Round back gamba with back and sides of European Beech, and quartersawn European Spruce top. The long original scroll has just had a thorough restoration here at Upton Bass including a new C-Extension. Long provenance includes care in Arnold Schnitzer’s workshop and a recent appraisal. A very special orchestral instrument or jazz presence.


  • Upper Bout 19.7” (500mm)
  • C Bout 14.4” (365mm)
  • Lower Bout 25.4” (646mm)
  • Body Length 44” (1118mm)
  • String Length: 42”
  • Rib Depth 6.25 – 7.75” (159-198mm)



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 Mirecourt 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 Upton Workshop (The Barn) and showroom are located in Mystic, Connecticut conveniently between Boston and NYC.


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