4233 SE Boise St. Portland OR 97206
503-777-7027 By Appointment

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~typically a special order.

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

***ALL new Laminated basses are set up, and adjusted 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 190 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.

Unique Vintage, and Fully Carved Instruments

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
carved, Violin corners Excellent condition, Label reads "USSR occupied" Strong focused sound  pizzicato or arco. Played by many greats. Call for price.

ca.1990 Romanian Flat back.
Nice condition, big sound, medium dark tone. Darker blond varnish. very attractive. Call for price.

60's German 3/4  2 pc. laminated spruce top. Solid sides and back! Big open sound, ebony board, new adjustable bridge, new German end-pin, strings. Call for price.


Handmade Double Basses by Pete Lampe

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.

Shaping the lower block
Graham plays the unvarnished Tarr


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.