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European crafted double bass by Josef Budil

Great sounding masterfully crafted viol shaped double bass, by Czech maker Josef Budil. Schooled in Luby, Czech, then apprenticed to the violin makers in this region of Czech Republic and Germany where the main industry in this area for centuries is string instrument making. Budil is dedicated to the double bass as both a player…

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Zakopcanik – Master Craftsman

  Mike Asetta is honored to have known and counted as a friend one of the finest double bass makers in the world: Frantisek Zakopcanik. Mr. Zakopcanik had extensive recognition in Europe; entering numerous international instrument contests in Italy, competing against makers with the training provided at the finest European schools.  His prizes include a…

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New Hand-carved Master Bass by Michael Asetta

Extending his skills beyond double bass performance, sales, and repairs, Mike is nearing completion of his first Asetta Strings bass. This is the ultimate display of his skills and compilation of the finest materials available worldwide today.  You can find no more dedicated craftsman anywhere.  Mike Asetta, a professional performer, knows exactly how a bass should…

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Current Restoration Project: 1937 American Standard

A lengthy “top off” restoration of a historic instrument for a New York performer is Mike Asetta’s current restoration project. The instrument requiring attention is a rare American Standard double bass from 1937, the second year of production of these instruments by H. N. White Company.  This instrument is the 273rd American Standard bass, built…

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Lou DiLeone

  Mentor and friend, finest double bass craftsman, of world renown and still sought by the most exceptional bass players in the New York metropolitan area, Lou DiLeone: With a reputation for providing superior workmanship, even perfection, while radiating with his love of the double bass instrument, a myriad of internationally famous bass players have sought…

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Kay Basses

Kay Double Bass – an iconic symbol of America’s creative greatness – innovative designs to meet the burgeoning demand of the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s. In those decades, mastering a musical instrument was a talent enjoyed and respected by the majority of Americans. Live Big Band music was omnipresent: Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington,…

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Craftsmanship, to an Art!

Taking craftsmanship to an art! Combining woodworking excellence with high level music performance – artist and luthier Mike Asetta knows how your instrument should sound AND how you will enjoy its playability. If you are seeking high quality repair or restoration of your string instrument, seek out Mike Asetta. Mike repairs all string instruments, violins…

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The soundpost is a simple transmitter, hundreds of years before radio it was broadcasting sound. How can a short, round, wood post make much of a difference to my string instrument?

Lets review how the soundpost works! The player initiates the sound by vibrating the string either through arco or pizzicato (bowed or plucked) methods. The string transfers the vibration, directing it through the bridge. The bridge extends the vibration to the instrument’s top. The top, like a pond of once still water, expands the vibrations…

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