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Franz Hoffman® Prelude Bass - Instrument Only - 3/4 size

Item# HB120 34

$1,899.00

Out of Stock

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 Hoffman® Prelude Bass - Instrument Only - 1/2 size

Item# HB12012

$1,899.00

In Stock

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

Item# HB12014

$1,899.00

In Stock

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

Out of Stock

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

Out of Stock

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

In Stock

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 - 3/4 size

Item# PB100T 34

$1,499.00

In Stock

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

Arriving Soon!

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 - 1/4 size

Item# PB100T 14

$1,499.00

Arriving Soon!

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 - 1/8 size

Item# PB100T 18

$1,499.00

Arriving Soon!

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

In Stock

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® Concert Bass - Instrument Only - 3/4 size

Item# SH500B 34

$2,499.00

Out of Stock

Our Franz Hoffmann Concert bass is the result of more than a year's worth of development. We set out to create a sturdy bass able to withstand daily use by the young orchestra player that also has a pleasing, full sound and a professional design. The ribs and back are made from seasoned laminates for strength with a beautifully figured top from solid, aged spruce for maximum resonance. The gamba shape allows for easy reach into the high positions, and hand-applied varnish allows the full spectrum of sound to emerge. Carefully set up and adjusted in Ann Arbor, each Franz Hoffmann Concert bass has been fitted with Helicore strings and an adjustable height bridge. 3/4 size.

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

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