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We Are the Family Music Shop Dedicated to the Upright Bass.

Since 1997, we've proudly offered a varied line of Pickups and Microphones, Preamps, and Amplifiers for Double Bass at very good prices. Over the years, we've added Upright and Electric Upright Basses, Parts, Strings, Cases and Stands, Bows, and many other useful, quality products for bass players.

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There's a strongly held opinion that the setting up and repair of the doublebass is some sort of a "mysterious art;" that things that involve making some sawdust on one's bass should only be done by professional luthiers. And yes, there is definitely some merit to that point of view -- there are jobs that require an in-depth understanding (and quite often, expensive, specialized tools.) And, as I have learned from experience, some of the bigger, more complicated jobs actually cost less, in the long run, if you have them done by a competent repair-person (rather than messing them up yourself and subsequently paying someone else to fix your mistakes).

And that's why we have an extensive, free directory of luthiers on our site for your convenience, for those jobs that are above and beyond what a hobbyist should probably attempt.

That said...

One of the many useful habits I inherited from my Dad (Bob) is the willingness to just jump in and fix something when it breaks down. Yes, "I know enough to be dangerous" has turned out to be more of a truism than I'd like to admit, on occasion. But more often than not, I've been happy to discover that a little patience, some knowledge, and a positive attitude have gotten me through, whether it be repairing a minor plumbing issue in my home, rebuilding the front end of the car I carelessly slid through a stop sign as a teenager, or making some basic adjustments on my bass.

I'm pretty sure that Bob, in turn, learned this trait from his father. My Grandpop, Estle Louis Gollihur (at right) was a man who worked with his hands his whole life; even in retirement, he had a workshop in his basement where he made furniture, stained glass, wooden trinkets and clocks with fancy scroll-work -- whatever tickled his fancy. And, he often said those words above: "If a man made it, another man can fix it." (Worth noting: He also used to love to say "if it won't fit, form it." That's probably not very good advice when it comes to fixing your upright bass.)

His "I can fix anything" attitude is what enabled Bob to obtain his first upright bass, which was a "rescue" from the basement of a neighbor. It had no hardware, no fingerboard, and a garish paint job (it had last been used as a magician's prop!) My Grandpa, who until then had no real experience with the specifics of working on musical instruments, set to work with my Dad (then a teenager) rehabbing that bass. They sourced parts, they did some reading and asking around, and they were able to bring that bass back to life.

That '41 Kay bass (at left) was the one that Bob later took to college, and has played about a zillion gigs on. It's also the instrument upon which Engelhardt loosely based our special exclusive model basses. And my Dad still has -- and plays -- that very special bass to this day (in spite of its unusual past, it really sounds amazing!)

And, as you might have picked up on, this father-son bass experience led my Dad to christen our special lineup of Laminated and Carved Basses with the name "Estle Louis," as a quiet sort of tribute to his own dad's contribution to his musical journey.

So, now you've met my grandfather, on this brief, self-indulgent detour down memory lane. But it was all to say: yes, sometimes it pays to hire someone to do the job; if your bass needs big repairs, special work, etc., you should consult a pro.

But when it all came down to it, it was just another man (or woman) who built it, so if you've got a reasonable facility with hand tools, some of the less intensive jobs -- installing new strings, cutting a bridge, fitting a new pickup -- certainly could be within your skill set. All you need is a little knowledge and perhaps a bit of swagger. And doing your own work can be a great confidence-booster and make you more familiar with your instrument (and how to make it sing.) We do our best to provide you with as much help as we can, and we send you specific tip sheets with lots of the products we sell. And if you want to check one of our tip sheets out before you buy, to see if you can handle doing it yourself? Just ask!

-- Mark



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Recent News and Updates
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Brand New Acoustic Image "Mini Clarus" Amps in Stock!
The new Clarus SL and SL-R amps are in stock -- they're amazing; tiny, under 3 lbs, pushing 650w of transparent sound through the speaker setup of your choice. With the new "Flex" style preamp, 4 bands of EQ, high- and low-impedance inputs, and a built-in DI, what more could you ask for? And they fit into our cool gig bag, which you can add for just $20 (see below!)

Recently Added Products
Acoustic Image Series 4PLUS CLARUS SL and SL-R instrument amplifier
Acoustic Image Series 4PLUS CLARUS SL and SL-R instrument amplifier
This item is made in USA!The new versions of an old favorite -- the Clarus SL and Clarus SL-R are scaled-down, one-channel versions of the popular Clarus amp head; with tiny size and a smaller price tag, it could be irresistible...
• 650w/4ohms • 7.2" x 7.4" x 2.1" • less than 3 lbs.
Pirastro Evah Pirazzi Slap Gut/Synthetic Upright Bass Strings
Pirastro Evah Pirazzi Slap Gut/Synthetic Upright Bass Strings
Pirastro's new Evah Pirazzi Slap string has the soft feel and the prominent "click" that many rockabilly and psychobilly slappers crave -- but it's also great for standard pizz playing, as well, with a real organic vibe...

Sets AND Single Strings are available (click through to order)
Replacement Rubber Pads (Arm Covers) for Ingles SA-22 Stand for Double Bass
Replacement Rubber Pads (Arm Covers) for Ingles SA-22 Stand for Double Bass
Use your SA22 stand a lot? Sometimes the pads on the lower arms can wear out. Replace them with this kit!
SB112 Lightweight Combo Bass Amplifier (1x12, 200w)
SB112 Lightweight Combo Bass Amplifier (1x12, 200w)
This bigger brother to the SB110 is great if you're on a budget but need an amp with more "guts" for louder stages! Eminence driver, real plywood (no MDF!), very good sound for URB and "slab" bass. And made in Canada!
Dean Pace Contra - Solid-Body Electric Upright Bass
Dean Pace Contra - Solid-Body Electric Upright Bass
The Dean Pace Contra Bass is their newer, truer, compact upright bass. With a properly arched fingerboard (bowable!) and true 3/4 scale string length, it's a welcome budget-friendly portable bass...

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