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Posted by Arnold on February 22, 2001 at 06:23:16:
In Reply to: Re: double-basses in eastern europe posted by Don on February 08, 2001 at 20:56:58:
: Hey Ben,
: May I suggest not buying a new instrument? I would find a dealer and tell him how much you want to spend and buy an older instrument. There are some great old basses priced between $4,000 and $7,000 that will increase in value providing you take care of them. A new bass will most likely lose value until many years later.
: Also, a dealer will give you no less than what you paid for it when you decide to upgrade to an even better bass because they know the bass. You can't lose.
: Another point to consider is that an older bass will continue to sound like it sounds when you buy it. A new bass is going to change over the years until it settles down and, unfortunately, they sometimes turn to the worse.
: Take someone you trust with you, like your teacher, and try out some old basses. You'll be glad you did. One student of mine recently purchased a 75+ year old Jusek for $3,000 and it sounds great.
Hey Ben. I found some great instruments near wenceslas square in prague. I think if you get there with your bow and ask around you should be able to find some nice instruments. I wish I could be more specific about prague, but people seemed nice enough to point me in the right direction, and hopefully you too. Peace. Arnold
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