skip Navigation

Mainzer Landstraße

Christopher Double Basses

Christopher_250At our showroom at Frankfurt (Germany), we always have our Eminence and Christopher basses available for testing. We also offer a changing range of old vintage basses and new basses of various origins.
We are located 5 min from the train main station, and looking forward to your visit! (No fixed opening hours; by appointment only).

sizesThe Christopher range covers student's instruments as well as replicas of old master instruments like our Amati and Gofriller models. Our double basses are available in three models: Gamba, Violin and Busetto. Besides 7/8 and 3/4 sizes, we offer fractional sized double basses in 1/2, 1/4, 1/8 and 1/10. Our 7/8 basses are also available as 5 string models.

Please contact us for availability, prices and shipping quotations!

Gasparo Double Basses

Gasparo_Logo-300 The southern Carpathians, the Transylvanian Carpathians, is home to the largest surface of virgin forests in Europe. The Carpathians not only provide the habitat for the largest European populations of brown bears, wolves, chamois and lynxes - the Carpathians are also the origin of the sought-after tonewood for making stringed instruments. Here in Transsylvania is where our Gasparo double basses are made by hand.

Gasparo basses are named after Gasparo da Salò (or Gasparo Bertolotti; * May 20., 1540 in Salò; † April 14., 1609 in Brescia). He was a Italian violin maker and double bassist. Today, he is considered as founder of the Brescian school of violin making and the “Stradivarius of the double bass”.

old basses / various makers

Besides the basses we list on this website, we constantly get in stock new interesting old upright basses. Please call for details!

Alte_Baesse_Tableau

Björn Stoll double basses

bjornstollSince 1995, Björn Stoll makes master basses at his small workshop at Erlbach near Markneukirchen. Since more than 350 years, thes region is known for it's music instrument makers, and Björn’s family is part of this tradition.
We have a selection of Björn’s basses at our showroom at Frankfurt.

Emanuel Wilfer double basses

wilfer_logoThe Emanuel Wilfer workshop was founded in 1905 at the Markneukirchen area. Today, the workshop is located near Bubenreuth and led in fourth generation by Roland Rudolf Wilfer.

Double basses up to 2000 €

Christopher Academy DB100

Academy DB102 (Gamba) model

The Christopher series DB100 and DB200 are made of laminated woods. The ideal choice for students, but also for professionals who need a rigid bass to travel with.
With all our instruments we attach great importance to the right arch of back and top. A special production process enables Concord to fabricate the arch which is characteristic for Christopher instruments even with our laminated instruments. Therefore we do not use prefabricated plywoods but press the individual veneer layers into form while gluing them together. Only with this method a sufficiently strong arch can be reached.
Moreover we fit in a cross bar in the arched back which provides the instrument with an additional stability and gives the sound more definition.

  • laminated top, back and sides; fully arched; hand carved maple neck and scroll
  • ebony fingerboard
  • adjustable bridge
  • stained hardwood tailpiece
  • finished in dark amber brown with shading; high gloss and semi gloss are available.
  • available as Violin (DB103) or Gamba model (DB102, pictured)

(Click on pictures for close-up picture)

Christopher Concert DB200

Concert DB203 (Violin) model
  • laminated spruce top, laminated flamed maple back and sides; fully arched; hand carved maple neck and scroll
  • ebony fingerboard
  • adjustable bridge
  • stained hardwood tailpiece
  • Rubner machines
  • finished in medium to dark amber brown with shading; semi glossy
  • available models: Gamba (DB202), Violin (DB203, pictured) and Busseto (DB204)

Double basses starting at 2000 €

Concert DB202 removable neck modelChristopher Concert DB200-RN / with removable neck

Traveling with the bass is always a challenge. In particular traveling by air is getting more and more restricted and expensive for double bassists who want to take their instrument aboard. To make traveling with the bass easier, Christopher® has developed a double bass with a removable neck. As the makers of the Eminence bass, Christopher has much experience in making portable basses with removable neck. Due to the steel dovetail joint, the neck is removed and assembled within a few minutes.
Click here for more informations about the Christopher RN …

  • available as gamba (DB202T-RN) or violin (DB203T-RN) model, 3/4 size
  • laminated spruce top
  • laminated flamed maple back and sides
  • ebony fingerboard
  • bridge with height adjusters
  • Rubner machine heads
  • Concord Deluxe endpin
  • also available in 1/2 size (DB202H), and 3/4 with carved top (DB302T)

Click to zoom in photo

Christopher Professional DB300 (hybrid)

Professional DB303 (Violin) model

Our Hybrid bass with carved top and laminated back and sides.

Click to zoom in photo

  • hand carved spruce top with inlaid purfling, laminated flamed maple back and sides; fully arched; hand carved maple neck and scroll
  • ebony fingerboard
  • adjustable bridge
  • stained hardwood tailpiece
  • Rubner machines
  • finished in medium to dark amber brown with shading; high gloss and semi gloss are available.
  • available models: Gamba (DB302), Violin (DB303; pictured) and Busseto (DB304)

Gasparo “Bergamo”

Gasparo BergamoOur most affordable fully carved bass, with spruce top, poplar back and sides and maple neck.

  • spruce top
  • poplar round back and sides
  • ebony fingerboard
  • Rubner gears
  • brown spirit varnish

Double basses starting at 3000 €

Christopher Prominence DB400

Our most affordable fully carved Christopher basses. Made out of well seasoned tonewoods, with traditional spirit varnish. Violin, Gamba or Busseto models available.

Prominence DB404 (Busetto) model

  • hand carved spruce top, fine flamed maple back and sides
  • ebony fingerboard
  • adjustable bridge
  • ebony tailpiece
  • Rubner machines
  • hand spirit varnish in golden brown with shading
  • available models: Gamba (DB402), Violin (DB403) and Busseto (DB404, pictured)

Click to zoom in photo

Prominence DB401 (Gamba flatback) model The Christopher DB401 is a flatback Gamba model. The back has a special X-bracing (not parallel), which prevents the back from warping.

Christopher Performance DB500

The DB500 basses are made of selected, well seasoned tone woods.

DB503_front_back11_260
  • hand carved spruce top, fine flamed maple back and sides, selected woods and superb craftsmanship
  • ebony fingerboard
  • adjustable bridge
  • ebony tailpiece
  • Rubner machines
  • hand spirit varnish in golden brown with shading
  • available models: Gamba (DB502), Violin (DB503; pictured) and Busseto (DB504)

Double basses starting at 4000 €

Besides the Christopher standard models, we also offer replica models, based on old Italian master instruments.

Christopher “Gofriller”

Gofriller Replica

  • hand carved spruce top, fine flamed maple back and sides, selected woods and superb craftsmanship
  • ebony fingerboard
  • adjustable bridge
  • ebony tailpiece
  • Rubner machines
  • hand spirit varnish

Click to zoom in photo

Christopher “Amati”

amati
  • hand carved spruce top, fine flamed maple back and sides, selected woods and superb craftsmanship
  • ebony fingerboard
  • adjustable bridge
  • ebony tailpiece
  • Rubner machines
  • hand spirit varnish
  • available in 7/8 and 5/8 sizes

Gasparo Viennese model “Anton Posch”

Posch_beide-260 A slender Gamba shape, made after an old Viennese bass by Anton Posch.

  • spruce top
  • maple round back and sides
  • ebony fingerboard
  • Rubner gears
  • brown spirit varnish

Gasparo “Testore Transsilvania”

Testore This beautiful model is a replica of an old Italian Testore bass, and besides it’s smooth sound, it features a slightly antiqued golden varnish, that doesn't hide the beauty of the tonewood.

  • hand carved spruce top, fine flamed maple back and sides
  • ebony fingerboard
  • Rubner machines
  • beautiful golden spirit varnish, slighly antiqued

Björn Stoll double basses

Milano

Stoll Milano This Milano model is a special version, made with flamed Esh back and sides.

  • spruce top
  • flamed esh back and sides (also available in maple and poplar)
  • maple neck
  • ebony fingerboard
  • Rubner machines
  • string length: 104,5 cm (3/4)
  • reddish-brown spirit varnish

Bosa

Stoll BosaThe Björn Stoll Bosa model is a very elegant version of the Gamba shape.

  • spruce top
  • flamed maple back and sides (also available in poplar)
  • maple neck
  • ebony fingerboard
  • Rubner machines
  • string length 104,5 cm (3/4)
  • reddish-brown spirit varnish

Emanuel Wilfer double basses

Gamba Nr. 10

Wilfer GambaEmanuel Wilfer double basses are available in many models and quality grades. We currently stock a Nr. 10 Gamba model with dark brown varnish.

  • spruce top
  • maple back and sides
  • maple neck
  • ebony fingerboard
  • Rubner machines
  • dark brown spirit varnish

Other models available upon request!

Old double basses

Old Bohemians

We have several old basses from Germany / Bohemia in stock, ranging from 3000 to 6000 €. Please call for details!

Eminence – the “Portable Acoustic Upright”

Unlike other electric upright bass models with a solid body, the Eminence Portable Upright Bass is a real acoustic instrument. It’s smaller and more compact than a standard-size acoustic upright bass. But: the acoustic body has an arched top and bottom, a bass bar and a soundpost - the same structural design as a standard-size double bass. That's why the Eminence sounds and plays like your standard-size double bass, and not just like fretless bass guitar.

The unamplified sound of the Eminence is great for practising in the hotel room or if you have sensitively neighbours. Played amplified, the Eminence with its acoustic body sounds like a larger acoustic double bass.

The Eminence has a detachable waist extension, and an anti-rotational endpin, the Steady-Foot. That's why it stays very easy in playing position. The string length of 105 cm (= 41-1/4") and a standard-size neck deliver a familiar playing feel and an easy transition from standard-size double bass to portable upright bass.

>>> Read more about the Eminence at www.eminence-bass.de

The Eminence Bass on CD – recent releases

In the 1960ies, Herbie Lewis has worked as bassist of Cannonball Adderley, Bobby Hutcherson, Freddie Hubbard and McCoy Tyner. He has recorded his new CD release "Just a lucky so and so" with his Eminence Bass (nicknamed "Junior").
Italian bassist Stefano Dall'Ora recently has recorded his new CD with his Eminence RN: "Arkeology". This CD features Trilok Gurtu (perc.) and the Arke String Project.