Robbie McIntosh, Luthier

Specializing in the Double Bass

For Sale

#13, copy of Domenico Busan, 1749

This is the second copy of the Busan that Jeremy McCoy played in the Metropolitan Opera.

The back and sides are Black Cherry that I sourced locally about 30 years ago.

The top is slab-cut Eastern White Pine that was floor boards salvaged from a house in Greenwich, New York. The house was built in 1785. It is a two-piece slab top, as is the original Busan.

The string length is 41-1/2″.

Chromatic C-extension with brass hardware manufactured by Josh Ward of Kingsbury, New York.

The cherry scroll is grafted onto a Sugar Maple neck.

The varnish is an old-world recipe that I cooked.

#13 is for sale at JD Hill Music in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. The asking price is $35,000, which includes a padded case.



“English” Bass

English bass, circa 1910

English bass, circa 1910. There’s been some question as to whether it’s really English. It’s for sale at the Cincinnati Bass Cellar.  The asking price is $35,000



42″ string length



Quartered spruce top, English Sycamore back and sides.



This bass is currently for sale at the Cincinnati Bass Cellar.


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In 2019 I restored a small half-size bass made by Bernardel in the mid-1800s. It came to me in pieces and neither the owner nor I had any idea what it might sound like. We were pleasantly surprised when we strung it up. It had a big, deep sound and played evenly across all strings. In December of 2021 I completed a copy of it and, again, I was pleasantly surprised. It has as much or more bottom as a full size bass, and has clear mid- and upper registers.  36-13/16″ (93.5 cm) string length.

The Bernardel has a flat back with a gentle bend toward the neck.

The top is red spruce sourced from southwestern Vermont.

The back and sides are birds-eye maple.


The neck and scroll are of locally sourced sugar maple. The tuning machines are by Martyn Bailey.

The tailpiece is curly yellow birch. This instrument qualifies as part of my Taconic Series because the materials, excluding the fingerboard and bridge, are all locally sourced. The varnish is a traditional oil varnish formula, the same as the last several basses I’ve made.

This bass is for sale at Jack Hill’s in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.