Location and contact info:
320 Third Ave NE
Issaquah, WA 98027
10am – 6pm Monday through Saturday
Take Exit 17 from I-90 for “Front Street”
Go south on Front Street
Take first left onto “NE Gilman Blvd”
Take Gilman to the end
We are the second-to-last building on the left
Hammond Ashley Violins is pleased to provide the string community with a full-service workshop staffed by professional luthiers, whose experience and knowledge of delicate stringed instruments is matched only by the pride they take in their work. When you bring an instrument or bow to our shop, you can be sure that it is in good hands. If there is some work that you wish to have done, our head luthier will provide you with a detailed estimate after the instrument has been thoroughly examined by him. He will then carefully explain the estimate and the options available to you, so that the appropriate and most cost effective course of action may be taken. Our craftsmen are committed to providing adjustments, setups, restorations and repair work of the highest quality at competitive prices to players of all ability levels.
Our on site workshops employ highly skilled Luthiers who are dedicated craftsmen specializing in the set up and restoration of violin family instruments. Please make arrangements for a repair evaluation by calling one of our stores and setting up an appointment with the shop manager.
Our set up includes fingerboard shaping and resurfacing. Hand fitting and adjustment of tuning pegs. Hand carving and adjusting of the bridge. Fitting and adjustment of the sound post. High quality strings.
Bow rehairing and repair. Highest quality non-bleached hair is used in Mongolian white, Stalion, Black, and Salt and Pepper Grey
Double Bass Workshop
Henry Boehm, luthier
Vince Jesse, luthier
Location and contact info:
We are located in Madison, Wisconsin and serve a customer base ranging from Minneapolis/St. Paul, Milwaukee area, Chicago area, northern Illinois, northeastern Iowa and Wisconsin. Our online store provides quality basses and bass accessories world wide. We pride ourselves on friendly, knowledgable and honest customer service. If you have any questions about our products, services, prices or anything else, please feel free to contact us. Shop hours are by appointment.
3100 Milwaukee St.
Madison, WI 53714
The Double Bass Workshop has been serving the bass playing community of Madison, WI and the upper Midwest since 1996. The Double Bass Workshop specializes in the setup, repair, restoration and sales of the double bass and double bass accessories. We work with all types of players from beginners to professionals in all genres and styles. The Double Bass Workshop prides itself on selling only quality instruments and merchandise. Henry Boehm is the founder and head luthier of the Double Bass Workshop. Henry has been a professional bassist for over 15 years. He was classically trained and has played in numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles including Aspen, Congress of Strings and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago-to name a few. His main focus is now jazz, Latin jazz and other genres of popular music. He has done much freelancing with many local, regional and a few nationally known jazz musicians, has toured the US and Europe, has several recordings with his own groups and has played as a hired hand on many other folks’ recordings. Playing is his other job and he stays very busy as a gigging bassist. His life long fascination and curiosity with wood and how things work led him to pursue a career as a luthier. Henry understands the bass inside and out and his years of playing experience help him better understand the individual needs of each player. Being an active, professional player keeps him current with today’s equipment and general trends in bass playing.
Vince Jesse is our other main luthier. Vince has been at the shop now for a year and a half. Vince is a professional jazz guitarist, guitar luthier, a trained machinist and a bassist too. Vince brings his years of guitar luthery experience to the shop and those skills combined with his machine shop sensibilities is creating a formidable bass luthier.
Practice Tracks (MP3)
We have hundreds of MP3 files available for students to work with online or to download. Visit any of the following links for some practice tracks.
- Beethoven 5 mvt 3
- Beethoven 9 recit
- Brahms 1 mvt 2
- Ginastera Variaciones
- Haydn 31
- Mahler 1
- Mozart 39 mvt 1 & 4
- Mozart 40 mvt 1 & 4
- Prokofiev Lt. Kije
- Prokofiev Quintet
- Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet
- Sibelius 3
- Strauss Don Juan
- Strauss Ein Heldenleben #9, 16, 60, 66, 77
- Stravinsky Pulcinella
- Tchaikovsky 4
- Verdi Otello
- Verdi Rigoletto
- Bach Suite 3 Bourrees
- Bach Suite 3 Gigue
- Bottesini Elegy
- Capuzzi Concerto mvt 1, 2, 3
- Dittersdorf Concerto mvt 1, 2, 3
- Dragonetti Concerto mvt 1, 3
- Eccles Sonata mvt 1, 2
- Marcello G major mvt 1, 2
- Proto Sonata
- Telemann Canonic Sonata 1
- Wilder Small Suite
- 1 octave major, melodic, harmonic, and natural minor
- 2 octave major, melodic, harmonic, and natural minor
- 3 octave major, melodic, harmonic, and natural minor
Audacity – a great FREE sound recording and multi-track editing program
Inner Game of Music
Practicespot.com – great site filled with practice tools, games, downloads, exercises, articles, etc.
Getting the Most Out of Your Practice Session (Bill Koehler)
Classicalmusicarchives.com (comprehensive MIDI orchestral repertoire)
MIDI Library for Solo Bass
more solo bass MIDI
more MIDI files
Hans Sturm’s Double Bass Audition Resources (audio and text bass resources)
Finale Notepad (basic free version of Finale)
MusicTheory.net – great online music theory compendium
Electric Bass Downloads Page
Online Ear Training
Douglas Yeo Trombone Home Page (not a bass page, but full of valuable career and practice info.)
The Complete Double Bass Parts series compiled, fingered and bowed by Oscar Zimmerman remains one of the core components of every
orchestral bassist’s library. One should eventually purchase all of these volumes for their collection–they will be used throughout
a bassist’s career. I still have the volumes from this set that I purchased in high school. They are well-worn and constantly used
as a reference.
These books are infinitely more valuable than standard excerpt books because they contain the complete parts to all of these major
works. Excerpt books are typically scant on passages and full of questionable errors and editorial marks. It is always better to
go to the original source, and these parts fill that need for the orchestral double bassist.