The MMX Performer double bass is the perfect choice for advancing students or young professional players, combining high quality with unrivalled value for money. Every instrument is made in the workshop of Guofang Wang, a highly respected luthier based in Beijing.
His team of expert craftsmen carve the panels by hand from carefully selected European tonewoods to ensure the best possible tone. They use solid European spruce for the table, European maple for the back and sides, and smooth ebony for the fingerboard. The wood is seasoned for strength before being manipulated and finished with an oil-based lacquer which improves resonance and gives it an attractive antique sheen. Supplied as instrument only, the MMX brand offers a range of double bass bows in French and German styles. And why not treat your bass to the Tom & Will 46BS34 new generation double bass bag?
A descendent of either the viol or violin instrument family, the double bass is the largest and lowest pitched instrument found in a modern symphony orchestra. It also features as a concerto soloist, within chamber ensembles and outside of the classical genre in styles including jazz, blues, rock and roll right through to rockabilly, bluegrass and many varieties of folk music. The instrument is usually played pizzicato (plucked) or arco (bowed), a mixture of both is common for orchestral and tango music where other disciplines including jazz, blues and rockabilly favour pizzicato.
The MMX range
MMX has been working with master luthier Guofang Wang and his family workshop for nearly a decade, producing a broad selection of orchestral stringed instruments. For the beginner, the Student series of violins, violas, and celli offer the best start in the playing journey right through to our Signature instruments, which are perfectly at home in professional orchestral and solo work.
Attention to detail
Each instrument is diligently cared for at every stage of the production process, ensuring incredible value for money at each price point. Attention to detail is at the heart of every MMX violin, viola, cello and double bass. The tone wood panels are sourced from the forests of Sichuan or Yunnan province and seasoned to increase their strength.
The lustrous oil-based varnish is mixed to exact specifications to create a desirable antique finish which enhances both the grain and resonance of the instrument bodies. Even the fittings used are carefully selected to suit the instrument perfectly.
From the materials used to the way they are carved, fitted, and assembled, MMX aims to deliver instruments that will surpass all expectations!