A TRAVEL ACOUSTIC DOUBLE BASS FOR DAVID GAGE
A TRAVEL ACOUSTIC DOUBLE BASS FOR DAVID GAGE
A TRAVEL ACOUSTIC DOUBLE BASS FOR DAVID GAGE
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A TRAVEL ACOUSTIC DOUBLE BASS FOR DAVID GAGE
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A TRAVEL ACOUSTIC DOUBLE BASS FOR DAVID GAGE

MODEL CE-1, CZECH REPUBLIC, 2007

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A TRAVEL ACOUSTIC DOUBLE BASS FOR DAVID GAGE
MODEL CE-1, CZECH REPUBLIC, 2007
Labelled internally Czech-Ease / Made in The Czech Republic / Exclusively for David Gage / Conceived by Ira Coleman / Designed by David Gage Strings / CE-1 / Serial #252 Date: 2007 / MADE IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC, the laminated arched top and back with a shaded finish of a brown colour, together with a travel case bearing the label MARK KNOPFLER / backline / load in - load out and soft bag
Length of back 33 1⁄16 in. (84 cm.)
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Mark Knopfler plans to donate no less than 25% of the total hammer price received, to be split equally between The British Red Cross Society (a charity registered in England and Wales with charity number 220949, Scotland with charity number SC037738, Isle of Man with charity number 0752, and Jersey with charity number 430), Brave Hearts of the North East (a charity registered in England and Wales with charity number 1006247) and the Tusk Trust Limited (a charity registered in England and Wales with charity number 1186533).

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Purchased directly from David Gage String Instruments, New York, in August 2007, Mark Knopfler acquired this travel acoustic double bass for use at live promotional shows where an upright bass would be required as part of the band arrangement. The CE-1 was sturdier and easier to transport on planes and trains than a standard upright bass. The instrument was first used by bassist Dudley Phillips for a series of five exclusive European showcases to promote the release of Knopfler’s 2007 solo studio album Kill To Get Crimson, commencing at the Meistersaal in Berlin on 10 September, which was broadcast by the German television station RBB, and closing with the AVO Session at Festsaal Messe in Basel on 12 November 2007, which was broadcast by Swiss television station SF Zwei. The travel bass was then carried on the 2008 Kill To Get Crimson Tour as a stage spare for bassist Glenn Worf, used during the band’s acoustic performances at meet and greets, and thereafter as a spare on all subsequent tours that called for an upright bass.

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