Posted by Don Cornwell on December 25, 2001 at 14:19:48:
In Reply to: Opinions on Englehardt Basses (Swingmaster) posted by Gary Flowers on November 08, 2001 at 16:35:52:
: I'm looking to buy a laminated bass and was wondering how the newer Englehardts compare to the older Kay basses and how they compare overall to what's out there on the market. I'm looking a sturdy bass that can take the pounding of those "combat zone" gigs. Also, how playable are they out of the box. I can have it set-up, and probably will, but am just curious.
The Engleharts from the 70's and 80's were made from the same molds and
jigs used by Kay. The Englehart company bought everything including
unassembled basses and continued the work. I think you will find very
little difference structurally between a Kay and an Englehart. You may
have already purchased a bass by now, but I will add that if you haven't
and intend to purchase a new Englehart, buy a Supreme(S-1) or a Swingmaster
(S-9) as most of their low end instruments sound like crap out of the box.
It takes 6-10 years(min) for a laminated bass to start breaking in. Don't
buy a new bass without playing it first. You can get a new Swingmaster for
around $2200 or less, if you shop around. I currently play a 1963 Kay C-1
and am restoring a 1948 Kay M-1. Good Luck and happy plucking. Don Cornwell
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