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The great English Double Bass makers of the 18th and 19th Century. german language versionjapanese language version
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    The definitive work on the

    English Double Bass

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    A unique fine-art book
    spanning over 400 pages with more than
    500 exquisite colour photographs

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    Detailing the fascinating story
    of the rise and fall of the great
    English Double Bass makers

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    More than 70 instruments
    made by England’s best-known
    Double Bass luthiers

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In this important new book, the authors examine the instruments made by the English double bass makers of the 18th and 19th Century, illustrating in fine detail the incredible work they produced. They also explore the fascinating story of how the double bass came to England, its development guided by the great Venetian virtuoso Domenico Dragonetti, and the rise and fall of the English double bass makers.
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    Spanning well over 400 pages and with more than 500 exquisite colour photographs, this book is set to become the definitive work on the English double bass and the lives of the artisans who made them.
  • authors
    Authors Thomas Martin, Martin Lawrence and George Martin have painstakingly photographed and researched more than 70 beautiful examples of instruments produced by some 30 of the great double bass makers of England – gathered from all over the world – to produce this unique work, which is to be published in Spring 2018.
  • must-have book
    Exquisitely leather-bound with slip case and printed in full colour on the finest paper, The English Double Bass will be a work of art in itself. This is a must-have book for anyone with an interest in the English double bass.
  • collector's item
    A collector's item of the future, it will be a worthy addition to the book collections of historians, instrument experts, curators and musicians alike.

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Deluxe numbered leather-bound limited edition of The English Double Bass, strictly limited to 2,000 copies. Cut-off date to receive your payment and order to become a patron is 31 January 2018.

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