SOLD: Thomas Hardie Double Bass 1825, Edinburgh, Scotland


Beautiful 1825 Thomas Hardie double bass, expertly maintained with impeccable provenance.  A very well preserved historic instrument with great tone and orchestral history.

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Thomas Hardie Double Bass, Edinburgh, Scotland 1825. A beautiful Thomas Hardie contrabass, expertly maintained and with impeccable provenance.

Thomas was the son and prodigy of Matthew Hardie, considered one of Scotland’s finest violin makers in the style of Amati. Matthew Hardie built string instruments from roughly 1800 to 1825.

Thomas would continue to build instruments, mostly violins, until 1856. This bass is finely crafted with a quick voice and warm character. A superb orchestral instrument, this double bass was a longtime denizen of the Boston Symphony.

From the Rudolph Wurlitzer certificate dated 1947: “The top is made from two pieces of pine with grain of medium width throughout. The back is flat, cut from maple – two piece with added wings in the lower and upper bass sides, and with faint narrow flame.”

Has an nicely done neck graft and C-extension with 4 ebony gates. Ready for setup to your specifications and its next century of music.


  • Upper Bout: 20 1/4″
  • C Bout: 14 1/2″
  • Lower Bout: 26 7/8″
  • Length of Back: 44 1/2″
  • Rib Depth: 6-8″
  • String Length: 42″

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 10am – 6pm. The Workshop (The Barn) and showroom are located in Mystic, Connecticut conveniently between Boston and NYC.


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