Panormo style Puglisi Double Bass

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Panormo style Puglisi Double Bass

As the varnish dries on Benedict’s Double Bass, Benedict reflects on some of the inspiration that has helped create this instrument, “This instrument was conceived some five years ago when I was fortunate enough to meet with Bill Herrod. Bill, a proud, tall and statuesque man owned his bass for more than forty years and was reluctantly arranging to part with it.  He was terminally ill with Mesothelioma but he still managed to play a short piece of music for me and share some memories of his time playing this wonderful bass with the Zelman Symphony Orchestra.

I spent the next three years restoring the instrument which had suffered years of neglect and poor repair work going back more than a hundred years.  During this time, my admiration for the maker’s work, choice of timbre and overall design inspired me to copy the instrument as close as possible.  My suspicions were founded when the Bass was confirmed to be English and probably made in the Lott workshop in early 1800s.

This instrument, which is now playing in London with an expatriate Australian, sounds every bit as good as it’s workmanship. I took a number of years to source timbre that was as close as the original and managed to reproduce as faithfully as I could, the varnish and texture of this majestic instrument.  Unfortunately, Bill who was a major inspiration for this instrument will not be here to see the results but I sincerely hope his family and Grandson (who has started to play Double Bass) will appreciate the work I have done.” 

(Stringendo - Atelier Muse, published Oct 2010)

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Sorry, this instrument has been sold.

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Upper Bout: 53 cm

C Bout: 38 cm

Lower Bout: 68 cm

Back Length: 110.5cm

String Length: 107.5 cm


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Price is inclusive of 10% Australian Goods and Services Tax (GST). This tax is not applicable to overseas customers.

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December Trading and Holiday Hours
During the month of December, we will be extending our trading hours a full day, and opening on Mondays as well. Our new Christmas trading hours are as follows; 
MONDAY - FRIDAY: 10:00am - 4:30pm
(we close for a short lunch break on weekdays from 1:00pm - 1:30pm)
SATURDAY: 9:30am - 2:00pm
Our last trading day for the year will be Tuesday the 23rd of December, and we will re-open on Tuesday the 20th of January, 2015. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 

We thank our loyal customers for their continuous support, and wish everyone all the best in the New Year. 
Introducing the Vitruvian Three
The Atelier Puglisi showroom is now home to a new Puglisi original bass, the Vitruvian Three. Made in Benedict's highly popular Vitrivian model, the bass has recieved many positive reviews with players complimenting its dark tone and superb upper register.
Following the Vitruvian One and Vitruvian Two, this beautiful instrument was built with the player's comfort firmly in mind. A brilliant versatile Bass for all styles of playing at a professional standard.


Similarly to its predecessors, this Vitruvian Model is built on classic Italian lines with a strong influence from the Northern Italian School of making, this Bass features a highly figured carved European Maple back and matching ribs with voluptuous arching on a high grade Swiss Spruce top with mild bear claw figuring.
The Vitruvian Three is made with a flat back and is has been made with a golden brown antiqued finish.




New Emilio Slaviero Bow Collection

Atelier Puglisi has recently taken on an exciting new commission of Emilio Slaviero bows from Cremona, Italy. We now have a fine selection of bows for Violin, Viola and Cello.

In past years our Slaviero bows have proven very popular with professionals and advanced students. Again, we will have a limited stock of a variety of styles and finishes. We encourage you to make an appointment to view or try these bows.


Prices start from $2,500 AUD.




International Jazz legend Christian McBride is now the proud owner of an original Benedict G. Puglisi Double Bass. This Bass landed in the USA early this month and is now being played by Christian. 


The 2012 Vincenzo Panormo carved back Bass was first trialed by Christian in Melbourne when he was a featured artist at the 2013 International Jazz festival.


It is truly an honour to have an original instrument with this amazing musician. We are sure that there are some amazing things to come from this relationship.









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