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Posted by Rich Laird on February 25, 2001 at 11:25:09:

In Reply to: Re: 2nd hand bass posted by Reed on February 24, 2001 at 23:17:43:

: Give Lemur Music A Call. They have the parts that you need, but be aware that you will have to have the bridge shaped to you instrument, and if you haven't cut a bridge before, DON'T START NOW!! Get a Decent luthier to set it up for you.What's your budget?Are you looking for a Completely new end pin, with a plug and a Rod? $35.00 Decent new Bridge (Uncut) $26-$54.
: You probably want to start with a German Bow, Most beginners find it the most comfortable.

Yeah, Reed's right. Fitting a bridge requires some real skill and know-how. Also, installing a new endpin might be reasonably easy - unless the hole it fits into needs to be made larger. Luthiers use some kind of reaming tool for this. If the endpin is to small in diameter for your bass, I don't know what to suggest.

Unless you're really strapped for cash, your best bet is to take the instrument to a good luthier and get whatever needs to be done taken care of. Soundpost adjustment, maybe dressing the fingerboard...all of that can make a big difference and won't necessarily involve a lot of dollars.

As far as what kind of bow to get...consult with your teacher on this. If you don't have a teacher, your making a mistake if youor serious about learning classical music.

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