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Domenico Botelho from Rio De Janeiro
Domenico Botelho from Rio De Janeiro with his parents Charles and Monica
"Domenico" is a name that every bass player in the world has heard of. Pictured on the left and following in the footsteps of the legendary 19th century double bass virtuoso Domenico Dragonetti (1763 - 1846) is Domenico Botelho from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. On the right he is pictured with two very special people - his mum and dad. The trio made the long haul flight in June 2011 especially to visit The Contrabass Shoppe. What an impressive commitment to make! Our James William Briggs bass - now called "Mr Briggs" - was the instrument that ticked all the right boxes. Is it possible that when Charles & Monica Botelho chose the name "Domenico" for their son - they had a premonition that he would grow up to be a great bass player and have a great bass to play on?
Youn Chul Kim currently living in the USA fell in love with our French bass circa 1910 att to Léon Mortin

Korean born jazz star Youn Chul Kim currently living in the USA fell in love with our French bass circa 1910 att to Léon Mortin - purely on the pictures.
On first playing (March 2011) he needed no more convincing that it was the bass for him. Mr Kim wrote "I gotta say that everything you did for me in London, dropping off to the airport and solving the problem of shipping the bass, I am greatly appreciated about that".

Orquestra Sinfonica Brazileira members Andre Geiger and Rodrigo Favaro picking up their basses

After arriving safely home (Oct 2010) Orquestra Sinfônica Brazileira members Andre Geiger and Rodrigo Favaro wrote "Everything is perfect".
5-stringers were on their shopping list and our exceptional sounding Joseph Hill and Johann Klier basses were duly bagged!

Chris Makin with the two James William Briggs basses

Feb 10 - Bass enthusiast Chris Makin needed an insurance valuation on his splendid James William Briggs bass labelled and dated 1887 "No2". Next to it is our Briggs bass "No4" from the very next year. How fabulous to compare the two. Apart from the colour of the varnish - just like two peas in a pod!

Leon Bosch and Tony Houska

Leon Bosch (with one of our Italian basses) - and Shoppe director Tony Houska.
Thanks to bass virtuoso Leon Bosh for his interest in The Shoppe. Leon was thoroughly decent and delighted us by playing extracts from his new CD - "The Russian Double Bass".

Paul Jefferies
Gaetano Siragusa
Jazz & blues-fusion pro Paul Jefferies (www.pauljefferies.com) works closely with the Oxford Jazz Festival and is founding director of live jazz agency Fortissimo. www.fortissimolive.com)
Paul is a shrewd investor too. He purchased our exceptional 1872 Joseph Schandl bass (pictured) and another by Hungarian maker Akos Balazs.
Cordiali saluti. Gaetano Siragusa - a member of Milan's Filarmonica Della Scala was on a search for a top quality bow when he visited in June 09.
Pictured here with an English bass by Walker and an exquisite bow by André Richaume - he seemed well impressed.
Sean Rooney
Roberto Vally
Hey - that's a guitar not a bass! Yes, that's right - Sean Rooney - a music-techno student at Kingston University couldn't resist putting the Schertler Unico Amp, Bass & Side combination through its paces (Aug 09).
Sean's Irish-flavoured music - very acoustic, rhythmic, earthy and oft-percussive - really blew us away. Nice one Sean. Nice one Schertler.

LA song writer and bass legend - Roberto Vally - produced a mega sound on our Hawkes Panormo when he visited during Dec 09.
Roberto really has performed, recorded and toured with just about all the greats including Bobby Caldwell, Randy Crawford, George Benson, Bob James and Christopher Cross to name but a few.
Next time he's promised us a video clip!

Knut Sundquist playing the Alfred Nilsson Brock Bass
Krysztof Panus and Lukas Jamer
The exploits of Norwegian superstar Knut Sundquist were being filmed for a TV documentary when he visited The Shoppe in June 2009. Knut did express strong desires for our bass by Alfred Nilsson Brock (pictured). The camera man is Nils Mehren from NRK Troms og Finnmark.
Malmo Symfoniorkester principle and co-principle Krysztof Panus (left) and Lukas Jamer. Two players with an absolutely huge sound, a good appetite and an appreciation for objects of fine quality. Bass: William Calow circa 1870
Player : Jonas Tauber from Switzerland Bass : Giovanni & Francesco Grancino, Milan circa 1670-1685 - #1381
Player : Chris Hill - Freelance Jazz Bassist Bass : Mittenwald Double Bass circa 1950
Player : Chris Hill - Freelance Jazz Bassist
Bass : Mittenwald Double Bass circa 1950
Player : Staneslau Anischenko - joint solo bass with the Orchestra of the State Opera House, Stuttgart Bass : Pier Lorenzo Vangelisti Double Bass, Florence circa 1740
Player : Burkhart Mager Joint solo bass with the Orchestra of the State Opera House, Stuttgart Bass : Large 5 string Double Bass by Ferdinand Seitz, circa 1850
Player : Staneslau Anischenko
Joint solo bass with the Orchestra of the State Opera House, Stuttgart
Bass : Pier Lorenzo Vangelisti Double Bass, Florence circa 1740
Player : Burkhart Mager
Joint solo bass with the Orchestra of the State Opera House, Stuttgart
Bass : Large 5 string Double Bass by Ferdinand Seitz, circa 1850
Player : Maria Chirokoliyska - Principle Bass of Orchestre National de France Bass : 5-String Double Bass by Joseph Hill, London circa 1765
Ynze Klop and his delightful daughter Caroline
Player : Maria Chirokoliyska - Principle Bass of Orchestre National de France
Bass : 5-String Double Bass by Joseph Hill, London circa 1765
Dutch bass enthusiast Ynze Klop and his delightful daughter Caroline. Ynze treated himself to our George Corsby bass.
The pair took an overnight ferry from Hook of Holland, were at the Shoppe before 9AM and returned home - with bass - the same evening. We were impressed!
John from Nizlopi collecting a Double Bass Case
Tony Houska congratulates Marcin Maciejewski on purchasing a J. Haide L'Ancienne bass
John Parker from Nizlopi (Famed for their No.1 hit single 'JCB') with his new Carbon Fibre Flight case in black
Tony Houska congratulates Marcin Maciejewski on purchasing a J. Haide L'Ancienne bass. Marcin plays with the 'Polska Orkiestra Sinfonia Iuventus', in Poland.
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