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See what they say about Tim's basses and his workmanship:

"Hi Tim, I just had to drop you a line to thank you for the work you did on my double bass last week. You really have transformed it into an instrument I cannot stop myself picking up just for the pleasure of playing. Previously it just stood in the office, now it distracts me from my work! Thanks once again.
" Mick Moor, amateur bassist
Thank you for your kind attention yesterday. It wasn't simply "here's a bass and here's the bill". I appreciated the respect you afforded my young lad, as he has a very high regard of you from hearsay and the little contact he had with you. He and I were well impressed with the whole "experience". This I am pleased to observe is not uncommon among the music fraternity and professionals, but is sadly missing in most of the rest of "humanity". Thank you again, and we wish you continued great pleasure from your music, instruments and inspiring others. (he is "well-rapt" with the bass. I eventually prised him off it at 00.30 ) Chris and Fabian Martin.
"Wow! Tim, your fantastic work has transformed this bass into a full sounding and responsive instrument that is a pleasure to play. Many thanks for your skilled and sympathetic workmanship."
Keith Wood, professional bassist (formerly principal bass, Bournemouth Sinfonietta)
"Hey Tim, I don't know what you've done to my bass, but it's playing like a dream!!!!!!
Thank you very much - I REALLY appreciate your effort, extraordinary
skills and care." Andy Baker, professional bassist.
"Hi Tim, ... re: my pupil and the bass she bought off you. Just wanted to say thanks for sorting that out... She brought it to show me last week in her lesson. Really impressed with it. It's so even through the registers! And she seems to be really happy with it..." Ben Wolstenholme, professional bassist and teacher

Double Bass Repairs

Bass neck


Contact us: Email: tim@batchelar.com      Tel: +44 (0)116 2899798
We always have a good selection of student double basses - Old, new, English, German, French, Chinese, Hungarian and so on. Brand s include Hawkes, Stentor, Zeller, The Sound Post, Cellini, Graziani, Ivrogny etc
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We make
NEW BASSES
based on J F Lott 1845

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Blonde BassBlonde Bass

"Blonde"  Double Bass


1950s style laminbate double bass with ebony fingerboard.

Ideal for the aspiring rockabilly or jazz player

special price only

£450 inc VAT

(This price is for the double bass only - padded bag, French or German style bow, rosin and so on at available at extra cost. We always have a good selection in stock)
Blonde Bass
extension

C/E FOURTH STRING EXTENSION

£600 inc VAT
plus cost of E 2.10 string (up to £100 depending on type)


fully fitted to your double bass complete with C sharp, D and E and E flat locking catches
  (please add about £71 to this price for Pirastro Flexocor E 2.10 m string, or £91.42 for Pirastro Flat Chrom Original, which we recommend as the most reliable and decent sounding low E/C strings, here fitted to "A" peg, but which can sometimes be fitted to "E" peg depending on shape of scroll and peg-box)
We specialise in "awkward" necks. This old German bass has a very long neck which has been shortened, putting the "E" catch about an inch along the neck.
ALSO AVAILABLE - "Fawcett" mechanical extensions - POA
Extension
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This bass has a sweet tone and a lightly figgured back in two pieces of well quartered sycamore that is very attractive. It benefits from the usual high standard of Timothy Batchelar set up including Thomastik "Bel Canto" strings, Despiau bridge, ebony tail-piece and fingerboard, and has of course been "voiced" by Timothy Batchelar personally.

Jaroslav Krehbiel swell back Double Bass
 £2,650 including VAT




(Please not that this is just for the bass - we would be delighted to show you our range of cases and bows, but these are available at extra cost)
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BlocklessBlockless

Old German "Blockless" Double Bass

Flat back, unrestored, neck has been repaired but not by me so not great. But this is a usable bass that works well.
Sold as seen


  £1,750 inc VAT
(This price is for the double bass only - we would be delighted to supply padded bag, French or German style bow, rosin and so on at extra cost. We always have a good selection in stock)
Blockless
German BassScroll

  Old Dresden flat back DOUBLE BASS

Made in Dresden, Germany circa 1870-1885, this instrument was originally made as a 3 string bass, and still has its original neck. We have fitted classic German tuners. The bass bar has been modified, old cracks completely repaired, some new edges, new set up with new bridge, sound-post and so on, and Priastro Eva Pirazzi weich  strings so that you can tune up a tone and play solo repertoire with ease, or tune back down for orchestral work. The ebony tail-piece is original, and has been modified to take 4 strings. Also it has a new 10 mm spike, all fitted by Timothy Batchelar in England. This superb instrument has a wonderful orchestral sound with a really solid bass, but it seems to love solo tunes as well ! It makes a tidy job of Sperger anyway ..........
SOLD
(This price is for the double bass only - we would be delighted to supply padded bag, French or German style bow, rosin and so on at extra cost. We always have a good selection in stock)
German Bass
bass bag
  • NEW GENERATION MODEL Tom & Will
  • DOUBLE BASS GIG BAG
  • DISCONTINUED
  • in blue canvas fabric with blue interior
  • full length all-around opening from spike to scroll with oversized tomandwill heavy duty zips
  • high density padding for ultimate protection with high tensile stitching
  • no-rip toughened hard wearing polyester exterior, soft no-scratch interior linings, high tensile double stitching, RCS multiple rivet and cross stitch strap reinforcement
  • with hideaway backpack & shoulder carrying system with side pads and adjustable waist band
  • 188.5cm x 74cm / 74.21" x 29.13" (overall length x lower bout), weight 4.74kg
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JFL BackJFLottSide
J F LOTT London 1845
copy
Made by Timothy Batchelar 2021
in the Leicester workshop

Sounds stunning, speaks easily all over the complete range, deep resonant sound, superb pedal notes. Made from 25 year old poplar and pine, with sycamore neck and scroll. TB "C" extension. String length 41 3/4" / 1060 mm

£9,500

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A fine old German


DOUBLE BASS

CIRCA 1875

in good condition, with Barnaby C extension, wonderful warm tone with solid carrying power, big bottom end, thoroughly restored. Presently set up with Pirastro Chromstahl Origianl strings. This is a big instrument. String length 44" (1120 mm)

£7,000
(This price is for the double bass only - we would be delighted to supply padded bag, French or German style bow, rosin and so on at extra cost. We always have a good selection in stock)
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Rocket FrontLowendall Sode
A interesting old German Double Bass
affectionately known as

The Leicester Rocket

circa late1800s
Flat Back and the veteran of countless West End and other UK shows
owned for many years by a professional bassist

£2.750


(This price is for the double bass only - we would be delighted to supply padded bag, French or German style bow, rosin and so on at extra cost. We always have a good selection in stock)
Lowendall Back

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logo We generally have more instruments coming through the workshops that we have not yet put on this site - please email or telephone for details.
Coming up shortly:
Interesting nineteenth century German flat back bass, probably mittenwald, lovely tone. Presently being restored.

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Contact us:
tim@batchelar.com
email: tim@batchelar.com Tel: +44 (0)116 2899798

LINKS

Tony Alcock

Tony Alcock is Principal Double  Bass in the CBSO and  teaches at Birmingham Conservatoire




www.tonyalcock.co.uk/milford-music/


Northmptonshire and Leicestershire


Andy Maycock is a professional bassist and teacher with many West End shows to his credit and ide teaching ecperience. Performanc Diploma from RAM. Private tuition .

maycockandy@yahoo.com
07850 256815