SOLD: New Standard Double Bass, LaScala Model, 2005 Germany/New York


This lovely laminated double bass is from New Standard Instrument Co., a collaboration between our friends Arnold Schnitzer and Wil DeSola. An elegant, compact German plywood with a fresh setup just completed here at Upton Bass.


This New Standard Double Bass is a fully laminated “LaScala” Model, built in 2005. This LaScala is a rare fully laminated violin-cornered version with attractive well-figured outer plys.

The New Standard Instrument Co. was a collaboration between top luthiers Arnold Schnitzer and Wil DeSola, sourcing excellent German shells and completing them by hand in their workshops stateside. The result was a line of affordable quality contrabasses with excellent tone and projection, slightly stout with a smaller footprint.

This bass features a fresh new setup from Upton Bass including new bridge. We’ve also installed an elevated saddle (pictured) decreasing the string angle and taking stress off the bridge. Nice thick ebony fingerboard, German Rubner tuners, German endpin. An extremely high quality, clean plywood double bass – tough and suitable for school, band or orchestra settings where carved instruments can suffer. This New Standard double bass would make an excellent pit or outdoor bass for professionals!


  • Upper Bout: 19.25”
  • C Bout: 13.75”
  • Lower Bout: 25.25”
  • Length over Top: 43.25”
  • Rib Depth: 6 – 7.75” (full width to canted upper bout)
  • String Length: 42”
  • Neck: D

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 New Standard 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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