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Successfully bid for a 5 string double bass at an auction over the weekend! You might be seeing a bit more of me in here. :)







More photos when I pick it up. Sound post is in position, minor scuffs/damage here and there, and the extra string is a high C, which makes most sense to me. Got to learn how to play the thing now. :unsure: :)

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I thought that having 5 strings might put a few off, so put a slightly cheeky bid in. It paid off. It's a risk as it's bought unseen in the flesh, although the many photos showed nothing particularly worrying. Really looking forward to getting to grips with this instrument. :)

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[quote name='Bilbo' timestamp='1376330433' post='2172271']
What was the winning bid?
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Estimate at £1000 to £1500. It went for £800, which I wasn't realistically expecting, but I thought it was worth the punt. It was.

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[quote name='Myke' timestamp='1376326915' post='2172197']
Them buttons confused me!!
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Yes... sorry, those are screen shots from the auction site... no image copying allowed.

[quote name='fatback' timestamp='1376326986' post='2172198']
Love the headstock :)

A bit like the figurehead on a sailing ship but without the bosoms.
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If it doesn't work out, I can always convert it into a rowing boat. :)

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I really like that alot. The head is well carved. Has an Enigmatic quality :) Nice colour to. Good buy there. I'd be intrigued about its history with that sort of feature on it.

A

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[quote name='apa' timestamp='1376333118' post='2172357']
I really like that alot. The head is well carved. Has an Enigmatic quality :) Nice colour to. Good buy there. I'd be intrigued about its history with that sort of feature on it.

A
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Ah bit of research... here's the chap who made it, Steve Eggleton:

[url="http://www.rowancroft.net/photo.asp?id=182"]http://www.rowancrof...hoto.asp?id=182[/url]

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How thoroughly interesting. Really nice to have a bit of Providence like that. Excellent stuff there Shergold :)

A

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[quote name='ubassman' timestamp='1376400502' post='2173343']
The headstock looks very similar to Paul Chambers bass - welcome to BC !!


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Lovely anecdote. Can you see the bead glinting on the headstock in that photo? That bead came off one of Annie Chambers's, Paul's wife's, dresses.

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[quote name='aonindy' timestamp='1376471779' post='2174263'] Really good score! ... matter of interest, what was the auction site? [/quote]

It was on the [url="http://tennants.co.uk"]tennants.co.uk[/url] auction site.

Doing further research it looks like it might have appeared in a [url="http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/20019/lot/186/"]Bonham's auction[/url] in October of 2012. Not sure if that's a good or a bad thing really. :unsure:

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