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Re: Juzek and Wilfer

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Posted by Rich Laird ( on March 29, 2002 at 18:28:45:

In Reply to: Juzek and Wilfer posted by Ian on March 29, 2002 at 13:49:38:

I'm no expert on either name, but you're talking about two multi-generation families of luthiers - both very well-respected as makers of instruments in your price class.

I would venture to say that there might be more consistency in Wilfer basses. I believe that the shop has always been in the same locaton and that there's been real consistency as the business has passed throught the generations. The Juzek's, on the other hand, had to pull out of Prague when the commies took over and moved to W. Germany. That's not necessarily bad, but I'm told they lost some of their good craftsmen in that process. The Czech Juzeks seem to have a better reputation than the German ones. Also not sure, but I think the name now belongs to Metropolitan Music in New York.

Maybe others have some more details on the lineage of the makers and family names.

I would think it comes down to individual instruments, more than anything else. If I were in your shoes, I would be looking at the health of the instrument a lot. And the big thing is: Do you like it? If you're a relatively inexperienced player, you'd be well-advised to have somebody more experienced check out any instrument you're looking at and get some unbiased, expert opinions. If there's repair work to be done, have a luthier check it out and tell you what you're looking to get that bad boy singing again.

Basically, you can't go wrong either way. A Juzek or a Wilfer in good condition is going to be a worthwhile investment. Get one you're going to enjoy for now....and you'll have something that will appreciate in the future.

Hope that helps.

: I wanted to have your opinion dear bassists.

: I would like to know if, for a bass that worth around 7000, I should go for a Juzek or a Wilfer. I play both classical and jazz.

: I know that it probably depends on the model but maybe you can give me an idea about the quality of both these men's work.

: I also know that these basses are not "top of the line" basses but are they(generally) a good quality/price choice?

: Thanks a lot!

: Ian

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