SOLD Pöllmann Double Bass, 4/4 Size, 1973 Mittenwald, Germany, ex-Charlie Haden


This full-ornament Pöllmann double bass was built for Charlie Haden and features their lion’s head scroll, deep ribs, and superlative wood choices. A very special 4/4 contrabass.


This fine and important instrument has been sold, the listing being archived for your enjoyment.

Pöllmann Double Bass No 61-V, Serial 502, 4/4 Size 1973 “Lion’s Head Scroll”

Highly ornate Pöllmann contrabass formerly owned by the late, great Charlie Haden. Used heavily in the 1970s with the likes of Keith Jarrett and Carla Bley. This bass is said to have been built expressly for Haden by Gunther Krammer as told to us by Chris Poehler (among others).

This special instrument features full ornament and the distinctive lion scroll, deep ribs, and the highest quality figured maple one can find. It was built at the fabled Mittenwald shop under Gunter Krammer, a third-generation Pöllmann luthier. It also bears a label from a repair done back at the Pöllmann shop in the 1990s.

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 double basses 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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