Two Websites Now
Hannah and I are in the first stages of splitting the web site in two. www.steveswanguitars.com
will continue to feature guitars and related fretted instruments. www.steveswandoublebasses.com
will be the new home for all things related to string basses,
doublebasses, upright basses, bass violins, doghouse basses, bass
fiddles... you get the idea.
Hannah and I are working together to get through some significant
technical roadblocks to getting photos up in a timely way. If you would
like to see a set of the photos from any of the listed instruments
currently without photos, please email me at email@example.com
and I'll send them along.
Olivola Repair Residencies
Famed doublebass repairman Michael Olivola will
be in the shop betweenApril 5-12.
Michael's specialities are small repairs and
setups, along with larger jobs, such as neck
resets. To schedule an appointment, call Michael
at (505) 227-3513.
Allan Droyan Monthly Repair and Setup
Residency april 1 - 4.
Allan Droyan is a legendary doublebass luthier
who will be returning to the San Francisco bay
area for a repair and setup residency in
my shop one week out of every month. Having
studied instrument making in Cremona, Italy
1970-72, he apprenticed as a repairman with San
Mateo, CA repairman Boyd Poulson 1972-74. In
1974, Allan accepted all of Boyd Poulson's
doublebass clientele and opened his shop in San
Francisco. The String Bass shop was a San
Francisco institution for 27 years until Allan
moved a 5 hours' drive north to Fort Bragg to
concentrate on major doublebass repairs and
restorations. These monthly repair residencies
will satisfy some of the demand for his smaller
repairs and setups. More complex repairs and
restorations performed by Allan can be dropped
off and then delivered on completion here at the
Burlingame shop three weeks later. You may
contact Allan in advance by calling (707) 964-2130
Allan Droyan's next repair residency will be April 1 - 4
Just in is a used hybrd 3/4 size 101 model. This
one won't last long at the sale price of $1650. The solid spruce top
has developed a fine, rich voice after 18 months of play. For a full set
of photos and a complete description, please see the "Xuechang Sun"
page. For a complete set of photos and a complete
description, please see the "Xuechang
Just in are two new SB 150 hybrid models with
solid spruce tops and one SB 200 3/4 willow flatback, which continues to
be my best selling all-solid woods model doublebass from any source.
sets of photos and complete descriptions, please
see the "Samuel
" doublebass page.
The most recent addition is a wonderful 1/2 size
Italian flatback solo bass. A very expressive instrument, this bass was
restored about 20 years ago in Milan and has found its voice again. For
a full set of
photos and a complete description of this
exceptional arco instrument, please see the "Handmade
1963 Pollman 7/8 carved back 5 string. See
listing on "Older
ca. 1880 Mirecourt 3/4 flatback, see listing on the "Older European Basses" page.
ust out of Mike Olivola's repair workshop with a new neck is a
ca. 1960s J.H. Hammig (Hofner) 3/4 carved back. The longer string
length, greater overstand, and increased neck angle give this bass a
very strong and complex arco voice at a very affordable price. For a
full set of photos and a complete description, please see the "Paesold-Hofner
Vintage American Plywood Basses
Just in is a very clean and fine sounding 1939
Kay C-1 in a reddish sunburst that is quite
Older European Basses
in from restoration and setup is a huge sounding ca. 1900 small 7/8
German flatback. With a very commanding presence, this bass will serve
well in a section or as a large-voiced jazz instrument. The 1938 Roth
3/4 carved back is a bass that Mike Olivola used for years to play in
various musical settings. It is easy to play and has a rich older voice.
The early 20th century 7/8 5-string German carved back bass isn't for
the faint of heart. This large instrument was designed for thunderous
response in the low end. New makers should study this instrument to find
out what a real 5-string bass should sound like! Finally, the long
awaited 1930 Juzek 3/4 carved back is on the retail floor after months
of restoration work by Mike Olivola. It has a rich low end and a very
easy response. For a
full set of photos
description, please see the "Older
European Basses After 1970
Just in are a great sounding 1972 Roth hybrid
1/2 bass and an especially clean and fine
sounding early 1970s Horst Grunert 3/4 gamba
Basses by Other Builders
A very clean 2006 New Standard Hybrid Cleveland (solid
spruce top) has just come in. The voice is very large and rich. For six
months I have been talking with Wil de Sola about retailing these
instruments. Until we get started, this bass is an excellent example of
what to expect. All of a sudden I'm thinking of taking a few casual
sunday afternoon gigs again!
Just in is a Strunal 1/2 size, a perfect choice for a middle school
student. Fo a full set of photos and a complete description, please see
the "Basses by Other Builders" page.
For full sets of
photos and complete descriptions, please see
"Basses by Other Builders
In The Repair Shop
1930s German 7/8, 1930 John Juzek 3/4 carved back.
Recent arrivals are two Marco Raposo pernambuco
round stock german style bows and a french style octagonal pernambuco W.
Dorfler bow. For full sets of photos and complete descriptions, please see the "Bass
Koenig & Meyer doublebass
I now have a good supply of Koenig &
Meyer doublebass stands. These stands are
strong, stable, and fold up into a small
package. I take one to every performance,
jam session, or festival. For me, not having
one when playing bass outside my home is
like getting in a car without fastening the
seat belt. These stands keep the edges of
your bass nice and clean and safe from
having the neck or scroll stepped on in
tight quarters at a music job.