double bass was made by one of the great French makers. There are of
course many great French makers, but to this dealers ideas, most not
really suitable for good orchestral playing or players. But Joseph Bassot
to my way of thinking breaks that mould. The sound that came from this
instrument did not have that very French nasal sound but a clear fine
wooden open orchestra tone. A swell backed bass with violins corners and
that very typical button within the button on the back and the purfling
that goes all the way under the fingerboard on the table.
This extremely talented double-bass player lives in Gottenburg, Sweden. He is one of the new breed of really fine jazz and classical players, a player that can cross over to any style of playing at the raising of the baton or the crick of the drum sticks. Lars has been a friend of Gallery Strings for many years and has bought some really fine instruments from us other than the Joseph Bassot. He also bought a un-known early 18th. century instrument attributed to a Venision maker. Lars has made many CD's, including "Time Unit", "Far North" and "Tia Dia". Many of the numbers featured on these discs are composed by Lars. Sweden has got some real great bass playing talent.