Posted by Erik Blank on September 17, 2001 at 14:01:18:
In Reply to: bass info needed posted by Scienceteacher on September 12, 2001 at 14:29:41:
I just started playing upright about 3 years ago and I remember going through this learning curve. I started out with a laminate/plywood bass and just recently upgraded to a carved bass. This path worked well for me because I was able to develop some technique and I was able to be sure of my dedication to the instrument before I plunked down a few grand on a better quality bass. Generally you can expect to pay between $700 to $1500 for a plywood bass.
I like the suggestion of working with a local luthier. You may pay a tiny bit more for the bass but you can be sure that it's been checked out, set-up and they'll give you a bit more piece of mind about the instrument you're buying.
: I am thinking about buying my daughter a 3/4 upright bass, but I don't have a clue as to what I need to look for. I see a lot of basses advertised on the internet- what makes a good bass? What features should I look for? I would appreciate any suggestions anyone can give me. She's 14 and is playing in her strings program at school. We are currently renting her a 1/2 bass but the teacher has suggested that she get a full size for better tone, plus that's what she plays at school. HELP!
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