Saturday, 23 June 2007

Where to buy a double bass in Singapore?

This post attempts to explore the answers to the question: "Where to buy a double bass in Singapore?"

Interestingly, the idea for this post came from a nice gentleman who was one of the members of the audience who attended d'Bassists' performance, Esplanade Presents: At the Concourse: Basso Bravo!

He came for our performance on 30 May 2007 and he took part in the hands-on session. I learnt that he plays the bass guitar, and he is very keen to learn the double bass. During my short interaction with him, I briefly spoke to him on where he could buy a double bass in Singapore.

Without further delay, below is my attempt to list the various places in Singapore where you can purchase a double bass from. This list is not exhaustive nor comprehensive, but I hope it will give people who are interested in buying a double bass in Singapore some clues to start off with. Here goes the list:

Synwin Enterprises
845 Geylang Rd, #03-01 Tg Katong Complex, Singapore 400845
Tel: 6743 7865
Fax: 6743 4862

Karl Heng Enterprise
Blk 231 Bain St, #02-95 Bras Basah Complex, Singapore 180231
Telephone: 6339 1787
Fax: 6339 7657

Notes by yours truly: For students who are looking for double bass within the budget of S$1700 - S$2500, I personally find the double bass from Karl Heng enterprise value-for-money. Please call in advance to make arrangements if you wish to view the instrument.

Gramercy Music (S) Pte Ltd
293 Tg Katong Rd, Singapore 437076
Tel: 6345 3815
Fax: 6440 4513

Music Essentials
100 Orchard Road, #02-70 Meridien Shopping Centre, Singapore 238840
Tel: 6737 6770
Fax: 6234 1216

Online sources:
There are online sources to buy double bass from. Here are the one that I know of:
Lemur Music
Bass Works
The Contrabass Shoppe

But for the purpose of this post, I shall not go discuss about online sources in greater depth.

The other places to buy a double bass from would be from double bass players who for one reason or another are offering their double bass for sale.

If you know of any other places in Singapore where one can purchase a double bass, please email me at oceanskies [at] hotmail [dot] com to get it listed here.

Disclaimer: The notes by yours found on this post is solely personal opinion. You are advised to use these opinions at your own discretion.

Before I end this post, I would like to point you to a series of posts by Jason Heath on the topic of Buying a Double Bass. Do check it out.

You may also wish to read the following:
Bass Buying Information by Bass Works.
Movin' on a Better Instrument by John Floeter's Bass Studio

(Updated on 13 Jan 2008)

Also see: Where to buy a double bass in Singapore? Part 2


Jason Heath said...

I'll post about this on my blog--very useful resource!

oceanskies79 said...

Thanks for the compliments. By the way, do you have statistics of how many double bassists or readers from Singapore are reading your blog?

erik said...

I have also heard good things about Gramercy. Their website is and they have several models between 1500-4000 sing.

oceanskies79 said...

Thanks Erik. Upon your recommendations, I have put up Gramercy's website on this post.