Handmade Double Basses by Pete Lampe

#1 The "Tarr" Bass


Completed 2020, by Pete Lampe. Inspired by an English bass by William Tarr ca1853

Large body, with a 41.25 inch string length. Eb neck. Easy to play, and get around. Not heavy for it's size.

Massive fundamental tone, with singing upper register arco. Very punchy and open feeling for jazz/ pizzicato. Extra long ebony fingerboard for soloists.

Northwest Big Leaf maple, neck, back, and sides. (aged over 20 yrs.) Highly figured 250 y/o Sitka spruce, (aged over 40yrs). Expansive arching; Top and back are 28" across, and 2 pc book matched! Detailed workmanship throughout.

Hat peg Rubner (very German) tuning machines. Beautifully inlaid purfling on top and back. Adjustable bridge w carbon fiber endpin. Padded bag included. Call for price.

Top timber ready for shaping
Checking the chisel edge
Shaping the lower block
Shaping the corner block
Braces and linings installed
Graham plays the unvarnished Tarr
F-hole, bass side.
Tarr bass - Back
Tarr bass-Early varnish
Scroll- treble side
Scroll- front view

#2 The 1905~SOLD

Inspired by my personal  favorite German flat back, that has served me so well for over 30 years.

The 1905 is a 3/4 size flat back, has a 41.25 string length, fully carved, aged Maple neck, back, and sides. Aged Spruce top with ebony fingerboard an fittings.

Available with hand carved scroll/neck, or German trade scroll/ hand carved neck. Choice of machines.

 Vintage, and Fully Carved Instruments. The region's largest selection of Vintage Double Basses.




ca.1890 German 3/4 Flatback.

Hat peg tuners, and beautiful lines. The back looks like a 200 y/o Italian with all the scratches and golden ground coat. I'm calling this "The Studio Bass" Amazing tone and playability that engineers and players dream about. Would sound amazing on recordings. Extensively repaired, over the years, but was well cared for, and has remained in very stable playable condition for the last 30 years. A solid instrument that should stay that way for many years, with proper care. 

ca.1947 Andreus Morelli (German) 3/4 

Round Back. Carved, Violin corners. Excellent condition,.Label reads Made in Germany "USSR occupied".

Strong focused sound  pizzicato or arco. Played for many years in San Diego Symphony.

Also works great for jazz. Call for price.

Shen Student Laminated Basses

Pete's Upright Bass Shop of Portland, is proud to be Portland's exclusive source for Shen basses: The finest Chinese, student, basses on the market!

Model 80  size 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 5/8, 3/4 (rental/rent to own)

Model 90 Blond~ IN STOCK

Model 88 1/2, 5/8, 3/4 Hand oiled finish. upgraded veneer.

***ALL new Laminated basses are set up, adjusted and approved by Pete himself. includes: Expert fingerboard dress, with just the right amount of scoop. High grade maple adjustable bridge, upgraded endpin, with choice of D'Addario Helicore strings standard. And of course, a padded gig bag.

Shen 88 Laminated Violin destined for a local H.S.
Shen 7/8 Rogeri Hybrid waiting for it's new owner
Shen 3/4 Model 80

Shen Hybrid, and Carved Double Basses

Shen Model 150 Hybrid Gamba flat back: Set up and adjusted, with D'addario Helicore strings, adjustable bridge and padded gig bag.

Shen Model 200 Fully Carved Willow back: Flat back, and Round back in stock. Warm, punchy tone, with lots of volume and projection.

Vintage Laminated Basses (Kay, King, American Standard, Epiphone, etc.)


Sweet Old 1946 Swingmaster, and M-1 Blonde. Photo bombed by the big German. Lampe's 1st Tarr bass lurking in the background.
Gibson Laminated Double Bass


I also can vouch for Pete. I bought my Hungarian bass from him, it was made by a small luthier in Budapest, brought in by a relative here in the area. It was an upgrade from a fully carved Christopher which Pete sold for me in just two weeks.