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Posted by Jeff Utter ( on April 19, 2002 at 21:52:06:

Hi, i'm Currently a highschool student who plays Bass in a few jazz ensambles. I plan on continuing to persue music (and bass) as a career. I plan to attend college for music education, majoring on bass, with a jazz minor. Up until how i have been using my schools instuments, neither of which are in very good condition, and i feel sorry for them, and wish i could help them :P However, i think my next, most important move, would to be to buy an accustic bass of my own (i'm currently a Junior, i'll be going to college in about a year and a half.)

The problem, thogh, is i don't really know what's a good jazz bass, by this i mean, what brands (i dont' think brands is the correct word here, but you get the point) produce decent jazz basses. Also i'm looking for something reasonably priced ($1-1.5k used). Also what type of strings, bridge setups and whatnot constitute a decent jazz bass.

My main reason for asking all this, rather then going out and trying, is i live in a VERY rural area, and will probably have to travle hours to find any used uprights for sale, and i want to get an idea of if an instrument should be considered before i make the trip.

Jeff Utter

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