The DoubleBass Workshop


The Tewksbury

  We have a real winner here!

The Cincinnati Bass Cellars Tewksbury model is the culmination decades of experience in instrument building, extensive restorations and symphonic playing. This spectacular instrument is ideal for the serious bassists in any genre. It combines a huge robust sound with the geometry and playability appropriate for the most demanding playing situations.

The CBC's skilled craftsmanship, amazing wood selection and varnish mastery is unparalleled. Come experience this bass first hand at The DoubleBass Workshop in Galway.

Sad News From ISB

Charlie Haden
1937 - 2014

Jazz great Charlie Haden died today, July 11, 2014, after health struggles due to post-childhood polio syndrome the past few years. Although he no longer performed live, he continued to record and receive honors and accolades. He was named a National Endowment for the Arts' Jazz Master in 2012. The ISB honored Charlie Haden with its 2011 Special Recognition Award for Jazz Performance. A three-time Grammy winner for collaborations with guitarist Pat Methany and Gonzalo Rubalcaba, he first attracted notice as a member of Ornette Coleman's groundbreaking quartet in the late 1950s. Always a believer in music as a political force as well as a vehicle for beauty, he founded the Liberation Music Orchestra in 1969, and performed in various ensembles over the decades with a veritable who's who of jazz, including Hampton Hawes, Art Pepper, Dexter Gordon, Keith Jarrett, Don Cherry, Paul Motian, John Coltrane, Lee Konitz, Joe Henderson, Abbey Lincoln, Joe Lovano and Dizzy Gillespie, as well as forays into pop and rock projects. His Quartet West project, launched in 1986, recorded eight critically acclaimed albums. In 2008, Charlie and his family members revisited his country and bluegrass roots with Rambling Boy, featuring vintage radio clips of his earliest appearances singing with his older brothers and sister in the Haden Family country band - he made his professional debut at the ripe age of 22 months. What becomes his final recording, Last Dance, with longtime collaborator pianist Keith Jarrett, was only recently released. According to his label ECM, Ruth Cameron, his wife of 30 years, and his children Josh Haden, Tanya Haden, Rachel Haden and Petra Haden were all by his side when he passed away in Los Angeles.

The Tom Barrett Low "C" Extension

Simple Elegant Design

These all ebony extensions do not alter your bass in ANY way, no screws, no holes, and no cuts; And tunes to the E string tuning peg!

Optional C#,D, D# and E Capos Available on Request  

This beautiful doublebass was made in about 1830 by Gaetano Guadagnini II, a real work of art from great violin making family. It is presently on offer from Thomas Martin, of Banbury in North Oxfordshire, UK.


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Repair, Restoration and Setup


From glueing open seams, to completely restoring older pedigree instruments, Tom takes pleasure in providing the highest quality work for double basses.


Tom has done a number of jobs on my prized old French bass, from minor set up adjustments, to repairs (neck broken off by an airline and a nasty crack from a cello spike), to a major two-and-a-half-year long restoration of the top. His set ups are excellent, but the complicated repair and restoration jobs he has done for me have been nothing short of astonishing.His attention to detail is remarkable and his ability and craftsmanship with basses is second to none. We are very lucky to have a double bass specialist of this calibre here in Ireland!

    --- Dave Whitla, Cork School of Music