Posted by Martin Sheridan on July 01, 2001 at 15:14:49:
In Reply to: Help on 1st bass: Knilling or Englehardt? posted by Jay on July 01, 2001 at 08:04:07:
: Hello all... after 16 years of playing a fender jazz bass I'm about to make the transition to upright. I've narrowed my search to two options in my price range and local availability: a Knilling and a Englehardt s-9. I prefer the Knilling but I don't want to make a mistake when purchasing my first upright. Can anyone make a recommendation on which is better? Thanks - Jay
>>The Knilling. Englehardt is the company that bought out Kay, and they
still make the same mistakes. The neck is in too low, and the fingerboard curve is wrong. I'm assuming the Knilling is European made, but you ought to check. Chinese made would be ok, but be careful if it's Korean. Whichever you get, make sure it's playable. Buying it from a shop that really knows basses is your best bet. Factory set ups are usually poor; the strings come off of the nut too high and the strings are usually too high above the fingerboard because they don't know how to do it right, and lowering the action would mean that they would have to do a better job planing the fingerboard. If you're anywhere near St. Louis or Kansas City, check out KC Strings, or St. Louis Strings. One of the owners is a bass player. They also have the best prices.
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