The DoubleBass Workshop


Nick Lloyd

Nick Lloyd, 7/8 Walnut Gamba, 2010

Spruce top, Walnut flatback/sides, Maple neck, 41.75″ string length 

I bought this bass in 2010 from the Double Bass Workshop in Galway. Before I bought it, it travelled to Dublin where bassists from the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra remarked how resonant and even the tone was for a such a new instrument. 

In 2012 I was one of two finalists for the bass audition of the Oslo Opera, and later that year I won an audition with Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. For both auditions I played this bass. In Toulouse, both of the principle bassists remarked on the depth and quality of the sound of the instrument. 

The bass has matured subtly and beautifully over the years. The sound in general has become richer, yet retained it’s marvelous evenness in all registers. The projection was always very good and has certainly improved over time. I had Tom Barrett instal his C-extension, which the instrument has responded very well. 

The lower registers speak quickly under the bow: clear, agile, powerful, centred notes. The higher registers retain a richness of sound which is comparable to instruments of much higher value. This is an awesome bass!



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.

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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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