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.

Please note that prices are correct at time of uploading. Price variances may occur.








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Trading Hours update for the Long Weekend. 
The Atelier is very excited to be a part of the 2015 Port Fairy Folk Festival this coming long weekend. The Festival runs from Friday the 6th of March to Monday the 9th of March, and we will be attending as part of the Instrument Makers Display Tent. 
Due to these commitments, our store will be closed from 1:00pm Friday the 6th to 10:00am Tuesday the 10th. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and will endeavour to suit your needs as best we can. 
Those of you attending the festival also, please come to the tent and say Hello, we would love to see you!
Double Bass Bow Showcase
The Atelier Puglisi showroom is proud to host a collection of fine bows for Double Bass. Our range of French style bows includes additions from world renowned bow makers such as Pfretszchner, Duhaut and Tunicliffe. Many of our bows would suit the professional solo or orchestral player. Please contact our showroom if you would like any further information, or to try our range of bows.
Back to School Cello Sale
At Atelier Puglisi, our cello sale continues into the new school year with 25% off all fractional cellos. We have a limited range of cellos from 1/8 to 3/4 size. The perfect opportunity for a young beginner to get off to a good start this year.
Vienna Kontrabass (5 or 4 string)

A new and distinctive model from Benedict Puglisi's line of double basses. The instrument is an exact model by Lembock, accurately copied to the finest detail and tested against the original.Gabriel Lembock was a Hungarian born Viennese instrument maker famous for his accurate and impressive copies of Viennese double basses and fine Italian instruments. His instruments were praised for their fullness of tone coupled with responsiveness. This bass features gamba corners and a flat back, as well as custom authentic Viennese wooden pegs and fittings. This is an exceptionally versatile bass. It can be set up as a 5 string or 4 string orchestral bass, or in traditional Viennese tuning. The bass has a rich, dark tone well suited to orchestral playing. This is the perfect instrument for a professional looking for something versatile and suited to all circumstances.


The Puglisi Viennese model is now ready to play. Please contact the showroom to test this interesting and attractive instrument.


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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