Stentor unveiled its smallest ever double bass at this year’s Musikmesse. The manufacturer’s decision to make smaller versions of the instrument started with the 1/4 size bass, after high demand from teachers.
The 1/16 model was a result of claims emerging that much younger musicians who wish to learn the instrument are not currently able to. This new bass is made from hand carved solid spruce, smaller machine heads and measurements made precisely to scale.
Italian string maker Dogal was chosen to tackle the difficult problem of making strings for such a small instrument, without reducing flexibility and sound quality. It also comes with chestnut brown varnish, laminated maple back and sides and a padded rayon cover with bow and accessory pockets.
The 1/16 bass will retail for around £795 and there is already a selection of other sizes available in the Stentor range.