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Posted by Vando (126.96.36.199) on December 31, 2003 at 15:17:22:
In Reply to: electric bass on ebay, is it worth it posted by ticklemeshorty66 on December 29, 2003 at 21:06:16:
It certainly is tempting to get a complete package at that price, and while it may be easy to pick apart the cheaper packages (some of us are snobs, you know), there are a few things to think about. If you're a beginner, you don't need a Smith (maybe in three months or so, but are you willing to drop several grand on something you may stay with?). First off, I'm wary of ordering basses online -- or mail order -- due to inconsistencies in manufacturing. My best advice to you is to go to your local music store and try the many affordable beginner instruments available. If you read through the threads here, there are many favs listed by many of us. Choose one that feels right in your hands, one that feels well balanced -- particularly so that when you let go of the instrument, the head doesn't swan-dive towards the ground. While we can - and most of us will - wax Yamaha vs Ibanez, active vs passive, J vs P vs HB/MM, flats vs halfs vs rounds, Badass vs ABM, et al... what it really comes down to is what feels good and what sounds good. The only one who can make a decision is you with your hands and your ears (this also means "don't buy the bass that [insert cat here] plays because s/he's awesome and you want to be like him/her, because without their hands, you won't sound like them").
Damn. I have a way of getting away here... Specifically, I can't say a Titan is any good or not. I have a Warwick that I love, and a good friend of mine (a very accomplished player) hates it in his hands. He has a Conklin 5 string that is magic when he holds it, but It feels stiff to me. I feel most at home on my DP Custom V6-P which has a fretboard, according to my drummer, approximately the breadth of an aircraft carrier. Try everything, get the best that you can afford. Save room in your budget for a decent amp, you'd be surprised how much of a difference that makes.
IMHO: In the price range you've mentioned, I do like the OLP. Through a good amp, it sounds pretty damn close to the Stingray.
: ebay has a bunch of basses and bass packages by this one company. its either Titan or rockland. I'm not sue bc when u look at some of them under manufactuer it says titan and on some it says rockland bass co. but all say titan on the pic so I think thats it. I tried to c if the company was any good but i couldnt find any info. if u'd check it out and tell me your opinion i'd really appreciate it. o and ticklemeshorty66 is my aim sn.
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