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Re: Christopher vs. older plywood

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Posted by Rich Laird ( on April 09, 2002 at 14:00:44:

In Reply to: Christopher vs. older plywood 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?

Laminated basses don't go through the same kind of "aging" process that carved instruments least not as much. So, age probably is not much of a factor, either way. Condition, of course, is a big factor in buying anything.

Which bass do you like? Sound is important, but don't forget to take playability and setup into account.

If you're not totally confident in your ability to decide which instrument suits you best, get some expert assistance from another player.

Not having seen/heard/played any of the instruments you're talking about, it's really hard to say. Having said that, I inclined to agree with you would probably lean toward the older, German bass.

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