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Posted by Rich Laird on February 21, 2001 at 07:52:40:
In Reply to: My case for laminated basses posted by spong on February 20, 2001 at 14:38:11:
: I'm probably not the best person to give advice as I have just got into the double bass myself. I had the same dilema and ended up buying a laminated bass. So here is my case for buying laminated:
Tim: As someone who's been playing "more years than I'd care to admit", I must say I think you have some good ideas here.
: I think a good Laminated bass is probably a better choice than a carved bass of the same price if you are taking the inexpensive route, ie more overall quality/playability for the same price. Also, a laminated bass would be able to withstand damage and adverse temp/humidity better.
Erik: Tim makes a really good point about basses in your price range. But you might want to check into Bob Gollihur's Bulgarian imports - I think they are carved: www.gollihur.com
: If you are planning to amplify the bass, a laminated bass would not be as prone to feedback as a carved bass. Furthermore, if you amplify your bass, the tonal advantages of a carved bass would probably be pretty drastically reduced.
Yeah, maybe. But with the right pickup/transducer....the right amp...I think it's possible to get a really nice, realistic sound. But that ain't goinna be cheap either.
So, a good quality laminated bass makes a lot of sense overall for someone just getting started.
: Try the link below for info, they also sell basses and even have a hybrid bass that has a solid carved top and laminated sides. May be the best of both worlds.
: Tim Spong
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