SOLD: Mittenwald Double Bass, 1920s, Ex-Dick Kniss (Peter, Paul & Mary)


Very original, larger 1920s Mittenwald double bass. A long performance career with folk/roots bassist Dick Kniss, best known for his work with Peter, Paul & Mary.


Mittenwald Double Bass, 1920s ex-Dick Kniss

This well preserved Mittenwald double bass comes with a serious folk and roots music pedigree. It was owned and played for many years by Dick Kniss, bass player for Peter, Paul & Mary. Kniss played in New York with the likes of Woody Herman and Herbie Hancock before joining the iconic folk trio in the early 1960s. Dick also cowrote, recorded and performed with John Denver.

This classic German bass has had its fair share of road action, but very original and well cared for. Has the original neck with reset modern projection. Has just been gone through here at the shop with a fresh setup, new fingerboard and bridge. Beautiful old stock flamed maple on this century old contrabass.

A great bass, on the larger side, with the mojo of countless music festivals!


  • String Length: 42.25″
  • Neck: Eb
  • Upper Bout: 20.75″
  • C Bout: 15.25″
  • Lower Bout: 20.75″
  • Length of Back: 46.5″
  • Rib Depth: 6.5″ at neck, to 8″ at C bouts and below

***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 Dick Kniss 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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