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Franz Hoffman® Prelude Bass - Instrument Only - 1/4 size

Item# HB12014

$1,899.00

Call 800.248.7427 for availability

The perfect bass for that serious student in your household - excellent performance, easy playability, and a bright sounding tone - at a value price! This bass is made of fine laminates which have been carefully dried and aged. This process ensures durability which is critical in a large instrument. A beautiful veneer is then applied over the surface of the wood. Unlike many lesser basses, the Prelude has a sturdy ebony fingerboard, an adjustable bridge, and is set-up with Helicore strings. Made in China and set-up in Ann Arbor.



This Franz Hoffmann bass does not come with any accessories, it is the bass only. Most players purchase an outfit to start which includes a case, bow, and rosin, all of which are needed to begin playing. You can find an outfit here.

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Bass Outfit - 3/4 size

Item# HB120T34

$1,999.00

Call 800.248.7427 for availability

The perfect bass for that serious student in your household - excellent performance, easy playability, and a bright sounding tone - at a value price! This bass is made of fine laminates which have been carefully dried and aged. This process ensures durability which is critical in a large instrument. A beautiful veneer is then applied over the surface of the wood. Unlike many lesser basses, the Prelude has a sturdy ebony fingerboard, an adjustable bridge, and is set-up with Helicore strings. Made in China and set-up in Ann Arbor. Includes brazilwood bow in French or German & bass bag.

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Bass Outfit - 1/2 size

Item# HB120T12

$1,999.00

Call 800.248.7427 for availability

The perfect bass for that serious student in your household - excellent performance, easy playability, and a bright sounding tone - at a value price! This bass is made of fine laminates which have been carefully dried and aged. This process ensures durability which is critical in a large instrument. A beautiful veneer is then applied over the surface of the wood. Unlike many lesser basses, the Prelude has a sturdy ebony fingerboard, an adjustable bridge, and is set-up with Helicore strings. Made in China and set-up in Ann Arbor. Includes brazilwood bow in French or German & bass bag.Estimated ship date: early April.

Franz Hoffmann® Prelude Bass Outfit - 1/4 size

Item# HB120T14

$1,999.00

Call 800.248.7427 for availability

The perfect bass for that serious student in your household - excellent performance, easy playability, and a bright sounding tone - at a value price! This bass is made of fine laminates which have been carefully dried and aged. This process ensures durability which is critical in a large instrument. A beautiful veneer is then applied over the surface of the wood. Unlike many lesser basses, the Prelude has a sturdy ebony fingerboard, an adjustable bridge, and is set-up with Helicore strings. Made in China and set-up in Ann Arbor. Includes brazilwood bow in French or German & bass bag.Estimated ship date: early April.

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Bass Outfit - 1/8 size

Item# PB100T 18

$1,499.00

Call 800.248.7427 for availability

Don't let the low price fool you...this fully-laminated bass is not only attractive, but plays superbly! Gamba shape is perfect for young players beginning to master the higher positions. Quality is evident throughout, from the smoothly-functioning machine-head, adjustable bridge, high-quality veneers and ebony fittings. Our skilled shop technicians adjust each bass, install new strings and send it to our test player, who makes final adjustments.

Laminated Construction

These Franz Hoffmann basses are made of fine laminates rather than solid wood. This is a more economical choice that also has the advantage of being more durable, especially in resisting cracks which can be common in larger instruments. Our customers have confirmed that these basses have amazing tonal qualities!

Here is what one of the country's best-known orchestra teachers recently had to say about this bass: Shar's Franz HoffmannBass is well-constructed, looks great and has excellent set-up. But best of all, it sounds great and is easy to play! This is easily the best value in a student bass today! - Bob Phillips, Award-winning string educator and composer.

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Bass Outfit - 1/10 size

Item# PB100T 110

$1,299.00

Call 800.248.7427 for availability

Don't let the low price fool you...this fully-laminated bass is not only attractive, but plays superbly! Gamba shape is perfect for young players beginning to master the higher positions. Quality is evident throughout, from the smoothly-functioning machine-head, adjustable bridge, high-quality veneers and ebony fittings. Our skilled shop technicians adjust each bass, install new strings and send it to our test player, who makes final adjustments.

Laminated Construction

These Franz Hoffmann basses are made of fine laminates rather than solid wood. This is a more economical choice that also has the advantage of being more durable, especially in resisting cracks which can be common in larger instruments. Our customers have confirmed that these basses have amazing tonal qualities!

Here is what one of the country's best-known orchestra teachers recently had to say about this bass: Shar's Franz HoffmannBass is well-constructed, looks great and has excellent set-up. But best of all, it sounds great and is easy to play! This is easily the best value in a student bass today! - Bob Phillips, Award-winning string educator and composer.

John Cheng Carlo Giuseppe Testore Bass - 3/4 size

Item# CGT73

$7,000.00

Out of Stock

A beautiful replica in the time-honored tradition of John Cheng instruments, our new Testore Double Bass will impress any bassist that appreciates tonal complexity, projection, and power. Based on the patterns of the great baroque master builder, favored by the world’s greatest bassist, the John Cheng Testore is crafted from fine, patiently aged tonewoods, carved carefully by hand. Tastefully antiqued with a fine, hand-applied spirit varnish, for both aesthetic beauty and tonal resonance. With fine professional geared tuners, top-level New Harmony endpin, and fitted with Pirastro Flexocor Deluxe strings, each Testore is carefully tonally adjusted for optimal playability. Choose from ¾ “Full Size” model, or the Compatto pattern, with narrower shoulders and tapered upper bout ribs, ideal for intricate and fast solo work. 3/4 size.

This bass does not come with any accessories, it is the bass only.

John Cheng Carlo Giuseppe Testore Compatto Bass - 3/4 size

Item# CGT73C

$7,000.00

Out of Stock

A beautiful replica in the time-honored tradition of John Cheng instruments, our new Testore Double Bass will impress any bassist that appreciates tonal complexity, projection, and power. Based on the patterns of the great baroque master builder, favored by the world’s greatest bassist, the John Cheng Testore is crafted from fine, patiently aged tonewoods, carved carefully by hand. Tastefully antiqued with a fine, hand-applied spirit varnish, for both aesthetic beauty and tonal resonance. With fine professional geared tuners, top-level New Harmony endpin, and fitted with Pirastro Flexocor Deluxe strings, each Testore is carefully tonally adjusted for optimal playability. Choose from ¾ “Full Size” model, or the Compatto pattern, with narrower shoulders and tapered upper bout ribs, ideal for intricate and fast solo work. 3/4 size.

This bass does not come with any accessories, it is the bass only.

Karl Joseph Schneider Master Art Bass - 3/4 size

Item# KJS30B 34

$8,000.00

Out of Stock

Masterful German Craftsmanship, For a Lifetime of Musical Expression

We asked our partner Luthiers in Germany to create a bass especially for the musician who is looking for that beautiful German sound and playability, fine craftsmanship, and reliability, for a lifetime of performances. Our new Karl Joseph Schneider bass is exactly what we specified! Starting with carefully aged and selected solid spruce and figured maple, our new Schneider bass is carefully crafted into an easy-to-maneuver gamba shape. The back is swelled, enabling a rich, complex tone to emerge. Beautifully finished with a lovely, dark golden-brown spirit varnish, and fitted with smoothly-turning Rubner tuners, a Wittner hi-tech tailpiece. Carefully set up in our Ann Arbor shop by our professional staff, and fitted with Pirastro Flexocore strings, each Karl Joseph Schneider Master Art Double Bass is played by a professional bassist, and tonally adjusted, before we will release it for sale. 3/4 size.

This bass does not come with any accessories, it is the bass only.

Carlo Lamberti Sonata Bass - 3/4 size

Item# LB11

$5,000.00

Out of Stock

The all-new Carlo Lamberti Sonata Double Bass is ideal for the serious advancing bass student that is ready to move up from a rental, school, or laminated bass. Made by hand entirely from solid, aged spruce and maple tonewood, enabling a powerful and open tone, ideal for the bassist ready to explore a wider range of expression. Violin-shaped bouts; full-plate machine pegs. Spirit varnish is delicately shaded and rubbed out to a medium gloss, bringing out the beautiful wood grain. Fitted with professional level D'Addario Kaplan strings, and adjustable bass bridge with easy-glide wheels, allowing a seamless switch from classical bowing to jazz pizzicato. Carefully set up by SHAR's professional technicians and tonally adjusted by a professional bassist. 3/4 size.

This bass does not come with any accessories, it is the bass only.

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Bass Outfit - 3/4 size

Item# PB100T 34

$1,499.00

Call 800.248.7427 for availability

Don't let the low price fool you...this fully-laminated bass is not only attractive, but plays superbly! Gamba shape is perfect for young players beginning to master the higher positions. Quality is evident throughout, from the smoothly-functioning machine-head, adjustable bridge, high-quality veneers and ebony fittings. Our skilled shop technicians adjust each bass, install new strings and send it to our test player, who makes final adjustments.

Laminated Construction

These Franz Hoffmann basses are made of fine laminates rather than solid wood. This is a more economical choice that also has the advantage of being more durable, especially in resisting cracks which can be common in larger instruments. Our customers have confirmed that these basses have amazing tonal qualities!

Here is what one of the country's best-known orchestra teachers recently had to say about this bass: Shar's Franz HoffmannBass is well-constructed, looks great and has excellent set-up. But best of all, it sounds great and is easy to play! This is easily the best value in a student bass today! - Bob Phillips, Well-known String Educator and composer.

Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Bass Outfit - 1/2 size

Item# PB100T 12

$1,499.00

Call 800.248.7427 for availability

Don't let the low price fool you...this fully-laminated bass is not only attractive, but plays superbly! Gamba shape is perfect for young players beginning to master the higher positions. Quality is evident throughout, from the smoothly-functioning machine-head, adjustable bridge, high-quality veneers and ebony fittings. Our skilled shop technicians adjust each bass, install new strings and send it to our test player, who makes final adjustments.

Laminated Construction

These Franz Hoffmann basses are made of fine laminates rather than solid wood. This is a more economical choice that also has the advantage of being more durable, especially in resisting cracks which can be common in larger instruments. Our customers have confirmed that these basses have amazing tonal qualities!

Here is what one of the country's best-known orchestra teachers recently had to say about this bass: Shar's Franz HoffmannBass is well-constructed, looks great and has excellent set-up. But best of all, it sounds great and is easy to play! This is easily the best value in a student bass today! - Bob Phillips, Well-known String Educator and composer.

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