Dan Krekeler of the Metropolitan Opera (and former Contrabass Conversations guest) is selling his Bernardel bass:
e-mail: dkrekeler -at- gmail.com
Date made: ca. 1830 – 1850
Papers: Appraisal from David Gage
String Length: 41 3/4 inches
Maker: All appraisals call this bass a Auguste S. Bernardel, Paris France
Performing Capacity: Orchestral, Chamber
String Setup: 4 string, with low B extention custom made by Chris Threlkeld of Heartland String Bass Shop.
Description: Round back, violin corners, highly arched back and top. The total body length is 45 1/4 inches. Wonderful French bass that has won 2 jobs at the Metropolitan Opera. Great sound and projection, this is not your typical french sound. This bass is in excellent shape and has been well maintained and cared for. This bass is original to the maker.
Price: Will be made available to interested parties.