Re: Good upright for $1,500 for pro electric player?

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Posted by Wax-Wire on May 06, 2001 at 00:41:41:

In Reply to: Good upright for $1,500 for pro electric player? posted by Justin on May 05, 2001 at 20:12:15:

: I'm a professional bassist of the electric variety, desperately needing to get things going on upright. I played a barely used Engelhardt M-1 today, which sounded really good and was set up nicely with a new bridge, but the guy wants $1,600 for it, which seems steep for that instrument, since places like Music City sell them for $999. I don't want to pay more than $2,000 including setup for whichever instrument. My questions are:

: 1) How is that price for a bass that has new strings, new bridge and a good setup? It feels really good to me...

: 2) What else should I be looking at in that price range?

: 3) On the M-1, what would one recommend that I change? Sound post? Nut? Endpin?

: Thanks so much!
: Justin

Justin. If the bass sounds good and plays to your liking I wouldn't change a thing. A set up on a new bass is costly($250 and up) and doesn't include the price of the new bridge, Strings and dressing the fingerboard $$$$$. The EM-1 is a nice bass. I think Hamond Ashley: has a EM-1 and they want $1900. They seem to go overboard on some of the items they change on some of the basses. I wouldn't Change the endpin on a Engelhardt unless it was faulty. My 1948 Kay M-1 has that same endpin and has never failed. A new sound post maybe, but will you hear the differance??? new strings can make a huge differance. Some of these shops will make you think you need to put all new fittings whether it needs it or not. The Engelhardt M-1 and S models all have reliable fittings. Good luck on buying your first URB....

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