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Posted by Reed on February 12, 2001 at 03:14:35:

In Reply to: Hawkes bass info wanted posted by Vernon Jackson on February 10, 2001 at 14:04:13:

: I'm trying to find info on Hawkes double basses.ANY info regarding Hawkes company, history, instruments or links would be appreciated. Thanks.

Hawkes & Sons from Denmark Street, Piccadilly Circus, London.

The instruments manufactured by Hawkes & Sons during the latter quarter of the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century were often supplied to the many army and military bands that existed especially in England. There were three grades of instruments, namely Professor, Concert and Panormo, that were based on the unsurpassable form of Vincenzo Panormo`s instruments.

All the models are characterized by their violin outline, deep ribs and generous proportions which are by no means too large to play easily. The Professor was a flat back model with upper angle break, and often outside linings, while the Concert and Panormo were produced with full swell backs.

To meet the demand for these robust and well-constructed instruments a great majority were imported from Germany and France, the Concert and Panormo models being superior in their choice of timber, workmanship and finish than those of the Professor. In 1924 the four string Professor instruments were being advertised at 22, the four string Concert at 26 and the four string Panormo model was 36. For the three string versions of these same models prices were 20, 24 and 32 respectively. The advert aptly proving that in England there was still some demand for the three stringed instrument even at this late date.

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