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Re: Englehardt EM1 Maestro

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Posted by Don Cornwell ( on April 27, 2002 at 12:55:33:

In Reply to: Englehardt EM1 Maestro posted by Soham on April 25, 2002 at 14:07:01:

: Hi, I'm new to upright basses, and thinking of buying a new Englehardt Maestro. I'm looking for opinions on the overall quality from people who actually have owned or have personal experience with this model in the recent past. I have read information about the ups and downs of the Kay/Englehardt line from Bob Gollihur's fine site, and comments from other sources.

One advantage for the Maestro is that it is structually the same bass as the Supreme and
Swingmaster less finish and trim. Second,
depending on who does your set-up, you could
have a very decent laminated bass for less than
$2000. You could get an old Kay, King or American Standard that sounds the
same or better for less money, providing you can
find one, but for new laminates there are very few good choices. Hopefully, you will have the
option to play several EM-1's as is, to get a
feel for their tone. They will be some differences
bass to bass, but a good luthier should be able
to impove on that and make it easier to play.
Good Luck, Don C.

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