Gand-Bernadel Double Bass Model
These upright basses are the result of a life long
passion and hard work ethic that marks the triumphs and achievements
reflecting many years study. Built with an expertise and tradition
that has evolved and taken hundreds of years to perfect, these
basses reflect pride and love 'with dedication and total
expectation for the player/artist to raise their art to the highest
How they sound. Just like the old French Bernadel basses of which they are copied, the Gand-Bernadel bass has power
and a nicely focused sound. The notes that come out tend to sound
more "rounded" without the edge found in a lot of new basses. The
nicest attribute would have to be the way it carries throughout a
bigger room or hall. For whatever genre; jazz or classical, it just
works! We love the way the Spirocores sound on it for pizzicato. For
Jazz, it has a nice sustain and tons of "growl!" The strings tend to
have a nice "loose" feel and it's easy to get the notes out whereas
some basses are "tight" and tiring to play.
'Gand-Bernadel, circa 1860', made in Romania, 2019, $8,500
For classical/bowed playing, there is a quick responsiveness and
punch, without the edginess. This is a big plus. Quite frankly, they
play and sound like a much more expensive instrument. Players have
the choice of picking the highest quality strings. We have had many
upright bass players; professionals and serious amateurs that bought
this upright as their second or "backup" bass only to fall in love
with it, making there old bass the new backup!
How they look. Here are some thumbnail sized photos. We
have linked them to larger sized copies so that you can see the
close ups and won't get bogged down with larger file sizes.
The beautiful grained Carpathian maple that is shown here, one will find all over (back,
scroll, sides and neck!) The top spruce is also a very elegant,
A French Bernadel upright bass is the perfect bass to copy. It has
an orchestra sized body, but slightly smaller proportions where it
really counts: The string length is only 41 1/2", the back
length is 43 1/2", upper bouts (shoulders) 20" and lower bouts 26"
Aside from the obvious physical attributes, the French upright
basses have a quick responsiveness.
Only the best fittings are installed on his basses: imported
Aubert or Despiau bridges from France.
The the best machined tuners from Germany and the 'Ullsa''
German upright bass endpins. In addition we most always install
whatever strings the customers prefer, but usually always a top
premium Pirastro or Thomastik string.
Who buys these! At first we thought that these basses would
be more interesting to the more serious college student or amateur
that desires a really fine bass, but can't afford the higher prices
of an old antique upright bass. What we didn't envision is that so
many working professional bass players (both classical and Jazz)
would love them as well. The symphony orchestras which include a Wan
Bernadel: Phoenix Symphony, Ft. Worth Symphony, Houston Symphony and
Indianapolis Symphony as well as many other regional orchestras. The
list includes professional jazz and classical players in major
cities throughout the world! (European customers: we are shipping
more and more to EC countries. We have special shipping rates and
it's quite easy to get and try a bass.)
With the incredible wood materials available and the old time
tested European tradition of upright bass making, these double
basses are hard to beat. We also include an extensive 3 year
Trying one out. There are several ways to try the Wan
Bernadel upright bass. Phoenix is actually a cheap air fare from
just about every city in the USA. (We also help make special
accommodations for our out of town bassists and don't forget about
the Saturday night stay over.) Most though prefer to just ship
one out for a trial period. It's easy, quick and fairly cheap.
(Read more this at: How to try out a
The bass has elegantly sloped shoulders and violin corners.
Recently within the last few years, there was an old Gand-Bernadel
upright bass reportedly found in a monastery in Belgium. The upright
was found with old newspapers wrapped around it from the 19th
century when it was made. It was in an original 'new' state
and never played. Below here is this original Gand-Bernadel
bass pictured next to the our Gand model for easy comparison.
We have slightly altered the shoulders to make it easier to
facilitate thumb positioning as bass playing has evolved upwards in
the past few decades!
For additional details please
us or call.