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

Item# HB120 34

$1,899.00

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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® Amadeus Bass Outfit - 3/4 size

Item# PB100T 34

$1,499.00

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

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

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

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

$1,499.00

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.

SHAR Strunal Laminated Bass Outfit - 3/4 Size

Item# SB504DT 34

$1,600.00

Strunal Model 504 Laminated Bass
This well-made and durable bass has been a mainstay of school music programs for decades. Crafted of well-seasoned spruce and maple laminates, for years of reliable service, and expertly finished with strong and attractive nitro varnish, for durability. Swelled back, gamba shaped. Well-aged quality ebony fingerboard, resists warping and cracking. Ebony nut, saddle, and tailpiece, for strength and reliable playability. Hand-carved bridge with adjustment wheels, allows easy switchover from classical bowed playing, to jazz, pizzicato, and slap-playing. Chrome-plated steel endpin with ebony plug, and smoothly-turning German made individual Rubner geared tuners. Fitted with D'Addario Helicore strings, and tonally adjusted by SHAR's luthiers. A Word About Strunal Basses Strunal's upright double basses are among the best-known in the world. With reasonable care, a Strunal bass will perform beautifully for decades. A favorite of both schools and professional bassists alike, Strunal basses are gamba shaped, for ease of shifting, and produce a fine and large tone. High quality ebony is employed throughout . . . no "ebonized" parts used.

SHAR Strunal Laminated Bass Outfit - 1/2 Size

Item# SB504DT 12

$1,600.00

Strunal Model 504 Laminated Bass
This well-made and durable bass has been a mainstay of school music programs for decades. Crafted of well-seasoned spruce and maple laminates, for years of reliable service, and expertly finished with strong and attractive nitro varnish, for durability. Swelled back, gamba shaped. Well-aged quality ebony fingerboard, resists warping and cracking. Ebony nut, saddle, and tailpiece, for strength and reliable playability. Hand-carved bridge with adjustment wheels, allows easy switchover from classical bowed playing, to jazz, pizzicato, and slap-playing. Chrome-plated steel endpin with ebony plug, and smoothly-turning German made individual Rubner geared tuners. Fitted with D'Addario Helicore strings, and tonally adjusted by SHAR's luthiers. A Word About Strunal Basses Strunal's upright double basses are among the best-known in the world. With reasonable care, a Strunal bass will perform beautifully for decades. A favorite of both schools and professional bassists alike, Strunal basses are gamba shaped, for ease of shifting, and produce a fine and large tone. High quality ebony is employed throughout . . . no "ebonized" parts used.

SHAR Strunal Laminated Bass Outfit - 1/4 Size

Item# SB504DT 14

$1,600.00

Strunal Model 504 Laminated Bass
This well-made and durable bass has been a mainstay of school music programs for decades. Crafted of well-seasoned spruce and maple laminates, for years of reliable service, and expertly finished with strong and attractive nitro varnish, for durability. Swelled back, gamba shaped. Well-aged quality ebony fingerboard, resists warping and cracking. Ebony nut, saddle, and tailpiece, for strength and reliable playability. Hand-carved bridge with adjustment wheels, allows easy switchover from classical bowed playing, to jazz, pizzicato, and slap-playing. Chrome-plated steel endpin with ebony plug, and smoothly-turning German made individual Rubner geared tuners. Fitted with D'Addario Helicore strings, and tonally adjusted by SHAR's luthiers. A Word About Strunal Basses Strunal's upright double basses are among the best-known in the world. With reasonable care, a Strunal bass will perform beautifully for decades. A favorite of both schools and professional bassists alike, Strunal basses are gamba shaped, for ease of shifting, and produce a fine and large tone. High quality ebony is employed throughout . . . no "ebonized" parts used.

SHAR Strunal Laminated Bass Outfit - 1/8 Size

Item# SB504DT 18

$1,600.00

Strunal Model 504 Laminated Bass
This well-made and durable bass has been a mainstay of school music programs for decades. Crafted of well-seasoned spruce and maple laminates, for years of reliable service, and expertly finished with strong and attractive nitro varnish, for durability. Swelled back, gamba shaped. Well-aged quality ebony fingerboard, resists warping and cracking. Ebony nut, saddle, and tailpiece, for strength and reliable playability. Hand-carved bridge with adjustment wheels, allows easy switchover from classical bowed playing, to jazz, pizzicato, and slap-playing. Chrome-plated steel endpin with ebony plug, and smoothly-turning German made individual Rubner geared tuners. Fitted with D'Addario Helicore strings, and tonally adjusted by SHAR's luthiers. A Word About Strunal Basses Strunal's upright double basses are among the best-known in the world. With reasonable care, a Strunal bass will perform beautifully for decades. A favorite of both schools and professional bassists alike, Strunal basses are gamba shaped, for ease of shifting, and produce a fine and large tone. High quality ebony is employed throughout . . . no "ebonized" parts used.

SHAR Strunal Model 504 Laminated Bass

Item# SB504D

$1,500.00

Strunal Model 504 Laminated Bass
This well-made and durable bass has been a mainstay of school music programs for decades. Crafted of well-seasoned spruce and maple laminates, for years of reliable service, and expertly finished with strong and attractive nitro varnish, for durability. Swelled back, gamba shaped. Well-aged quality ebony fingerboard, resists warping and cracking. Ebony nut, saddle, and tailpiece, for strength and reliable playability. Hand-carved bridge with adjustment wheels, allows easy switchover from classical bowed playing, to jazz, pizzicato, and slap-playing. Chrome-plated steel endpin with ebony plug, and smoothly-turning German made individual Rubner geared tuners. Fitted with D'Addario Helicore strings, and tonally adjusted by SHAR's luthiers. A Word About Strunal Basses Strunal's upright double basses are among the best-known in the world. With reasonable care, a Strunal bass will perform beautifully for decades. A favorite of both schools and professional bassists alike, Strunal basses are gamba shaped, for ease of shifting, and produce a fine and large tone. High quality ebony is employed throughout . . . no "ebonized" parts used.

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