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Volante Double Bass

Today’s #ThrowbackThursday video features Maurice Dupont and the stunning Volante double bass.

Although the biggest selling point of the Volante is that it is a travel bass that looks like a regular bass, another is that it can be set up in 5 mins… a fact that often gets challenged by people (especially when they see us doing it for the first time when we haven’t had one in the showroom for a while 😉😮).

So here’s Maurice, taking his time and not rushing, setting the Volante up in under 5 minutes.

Goerge Divivier

With the arrival of our latest Dupont Volante double bass we thought we’d use the opportunity to celebrate the life of George Duvivier.

Duvivier was born in New York City this day in 1920 and took up the cello and the violin in school before settling on the bass. He also learned composition and scoring before going out on the road with Lucky Millinder and later with the Cab Calloway bands of the early 40s following a stint in the army. He was an excellent composer and scored many tunes for those two big bands.

17 - George DuvivierDuvivier was a freelance bassist for most of his life, never belonging to any one particular group for any extended period of time and, as a consequence, played with some of jazz’s greatest. He was Bud Powell’s bassist in 1953, during the sessions for The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 2, for which he contributed arrangements. He was a member of Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis’ quartet with organist Shirley Scott and drummer Arthur Edgehill from 1957 to 1959 and continued playing with Scott through the 1960s. In 1956, Duvivier played in the orchestra in the movie The Benny Goodman Story. During the 1970s he was a member of Soprano Summit.

One of his last performances was on Late Night with David Letterman in 1983, accompanying singer/songwriter Tom Waits.

Duvivier died of cancer in his Manhattan home on July 11, 1985.

You can check out the Volante here.

The Glorious Twelfth

It might be a bad day for the grouse but it’s a good day for Sandarac as we took delivery of our latest Volante Double Bass; lovingly hand-crafted by master luthier Maurice Dupont.

12 - VolanteWith the very favourable forex, we will be offering this particular Volante for a VERY special price – £3395 – representing a huge saving for one lucky person.  As we have no way of knowing whether the exchange rate will stay at this level, we cannot guarantee this price on any subsequent instrument; so this is a great opportunity to purchase a unique hand-crafted instrument at an amazing – possibly never to be repeated – price.

Contact us for further details and to try before you buy.  Click here to go to the product page.

Left-handed versions are available at no extra charge but to get one at this price you’ll have to order quickly.