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Rare Pfretzschner Aluminum Double Bass, Buffalo Ny, Art Deco, Machine Age



Extremely rare aluminum string bass, circa 1930s, bass was originaly wood grain painted, has been stripped, restrung and set up, new bridge and tail piece, original wood carved headstock missing scroll original ebony fret board, Sounds amazing. If purchasing to play, wonderful decorative sculpture, Pfretzschner Aluminum Bass In 1928, The Aluminum Company of America manufactured 50 aluminum double basses at their Buffalo, NY plant for Carl Fischer, who owned a musical supply house in New York. The ALCOA Buffalo facility was a “skunk works” where they manufactured experimental aluminum products. There was enough interest in these instruments that a January 1934 patent was issued to John Burdick and assigned to ALCOA. By the time the plant closed that November, ALCOA had made and delivered a total of approximately 500 basses. These were sold as “The Collegian” model and later as “ the Joseph Maddy All Aluminum String Bass”. They were available in the following standard finish and price: Natural (Faux) wood finish: $220 Silver (unpainted) aluminum : $230 Gold painted aluminum : $240.


  • Creator
    John Burdick (Designer),Alcoa Aluminum (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 72 in. (182.88 cm)Width: 27 in. (68.58 cm)Depth: 18 in. (45.72 cm)
  • Style
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor structural damages. Bass has been professionally stripped,,Approximate 1 inch diameter piece of wood missing from head stock,,.
  • Seller Location
    Buffalo, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU106246884273

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    Ships From: Buffalo, NY
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