Double bass labeled Hawkes Concert Model, Picadilly Circus, London. Faded pencil marking seems to indicate 1904 on close inspection. Classic English design and sound.
This bass is in excellent condition for its age. It has minimal cracking and repair work and was recently retouched and inspected by Bob Ross (Ross double bass), and he was impressed by its health. Also recently inspected by Aaron Robertson who also commented again how great of shape it is in– perhaps one of the best Hawkes he’s ever seen. Perfect quarter sawn cuts. Maple sides and back, spruce top. Stored in humidity controlled studio. The neck was reset by Robertson’s and has an extended overstand to facilitate easier thumb playing (several thousands to have this done). The fingerboard was also excellently planed in 2004 and is buzz free with low action, even while playing pizz. Also has hole drilled in bottom for Laborie endpin.
This bass was purchased from Robertson’s Violins by me in 2002 and was previously owned by a classmate of Aaron Robertson’s at the Curtis institute. It has been used for professional jazz, orchestral playing, and Broadway shows and excellent at all. Large, dark, and resonant tone. Audio clips available if you’re interested.
Includes a custom made $450 Mooradian deluxe gig bag in red which fits it perfectly. Zippers and bag refurbished in 2009 by Mooradian.