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Posted by monte on August 01, 2001 at 09:58:10:

In Reply to: WHICH IS BETTER - KOREAN UNIVERSE OR STRUNAL. posted by Rudy Zulkarnaen on July 31, 2001 at 20:03:09:

: Hi... Iím from Indonesia. I started playing upright last year and didn't own any upright yet (I rented an upright with bent neck, really high action and big gauge steel strings, and have no other choice because its the only rental whom provide upright bass in my city).

: I'm looking for my first upright bass. The stores here only provide Korean, Chinese and Czechís strunal bass (and the prices fit my budget for now). I look at the Chineseís (palatino, cremona, etc), and the craftsmanship were terrible. So my choice comes down to the strunal and Koreanís universe sb90/sb100 bass. The Korean was cheaper than the strunal. So, I wanna ask for any opinion from this board about these instruments. Which do you think were better instrument?

: One other question (and its a real beginner one), what's a gut string? Can you bow it? What I saw around here was steel or nylon strings.

I'm not familiar with the Korean Universe, but the Strunal's are better than average beginner basses, which I wouldn't hesitate to recommend. With a good set-up, they will be a good choice, and when you are ready to move up to a better bass, you will have a much easier time selling the Strunal than any Oriental made bass. Because there are so many terrible Chinese basses out there, especially the two you mention, it makes selling any of them hard, even ones that are good instruments like Chen or Tian Yen.

Gut strings were used all the way up until the 60's. Yes they are bowable, but they are harder to bow than steel and tend to be scratchy, more prone to breakage (especially unwrapped D and G), and tremendously expensive. The pizz sound is really nice though.


: Thanks

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