John Lott

English Double Bass

This is my main instrument which I use for everything from orchestral playing to Jazz and solos. I'm currently using PIRASTRO Permanent strings. This bass was previously owned by Keith Marjoram and then by Corin Long. I have been unable to trace it back any further.

Paul Claudot

French Double Bass

This is my second instrument which I mainly use for practice but it is also a lovely Double Bass. It was the first Bass I used professionally. Until recently the maker of this bass was unknown but master luthier Jeroen Bruynooghe found a label attributing the instrument to Paul Claudot. It was previously owned by my Great Aunt Elsie Ford who played in the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the time of Eugene Cruft. I currently use either PIRASTRO Permenant or Perpetual strings on this instrument


Pirastro Strings

As a member of the Double Bass section of the London Philharmonic Orchestra we are proud to exclusively play PIRASTRO strings. 

I mainly use a full set of Permanent strings. I find they can keep the deep resonance and low frequencies of the instrument as well as bringing out the higher registers clearly for solo playing.

Fender Bass Guitar 

This is a 2010 Fender American Deluxe J-Bass that I have customised with Seymour Duncan pickups. I use this regularly with groups such as Pandora's Jukebox.

Bass Collection V Fretless

This 5 string Bass Collection was my first bass guitar. I have since got it de-fretted by the guys at the Bass Gallery in Camden. It has SGC pickups and a very low action, perfect for that Jaco sound. 


Bryant Bow

This is my main bow I use for orchestral playing. It was previously owned by my

great Aunt. It was made for her when she was working for the BBC Symphony Orchestra.


Reid Hudson Bow

This bow was previously owned by Mary Scully. I tend to use this bow for solos rather than loud orchestral playing.

© Tom Walley | 2017