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Christopher vs. older plywood

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Posted by Mark ( on April 09, 2002 at 00:55:48:

I'm a new URB'er in the SF area renting a plywood Christopher bass from a luthier, and thinking about buying it. My teacher also has a ply to sell, same price of $1500, a German make that I will try next lesson. But there is a third choice, the hybrid Christopher with a carved top and a very nice sound.
My question is, though Christophers evidently have a good reputation, they are an unknown over the long term. Somehow an older instrument is appealing due to its longevity. My teacher relayed a story about a colleague who was convinced his carved Chinese bass was made of properly aged wood, only to have another quality problem arise.
Can you give me your perspectives on this, new vs. older basses?

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