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Posted by ben on February 09, 2001 at 05:28:16:

In Reply to: Re: double-basses in eastern europe posted by Don on February 08, 2001 at 20:56:58:

Hi !
It's indeed what I want, an older bass. It's what I had written ( "old").
I wouldn't think of buying a new instrument, unless I had say 30 000 for a luthier's creation.
I want an older bass.
It's just that they're cheaper in eastern europe. I know a bassist who bought a really nice bass in Poland for a ridiculous price, compared to western europe.
I might actually buy it from him, when he finds another instrument, but why not go look for myself ?
What I would need is some advice on where to go to in Prague or Budapest, or Warsaw, if anyone's got contacts with luthiers or musicians, it would be very helpful.


: Hey Ben,
: May I suggest not buying a new instrument? I would find a dealer and tell him how much you want to spend and buy an older instrument. There are some great old basses priced between $4,000 and $7,000 that will increase in value providing you take care of them. A new bass will most likely lose value until many years later.

: Also, a dealer will give you no less than what you paid for it when you decide to upgrade to an even better bass because they know the bass. You can't lose.

: Another point to consider is that an older bass will continue to sound like it sounds when you buy it. A new bass is going to change over the years until it settles down and, unfortunately, they sometimes turn to the worse.

: Take someone you trust with you, like your teacher, and try out some old basses. You'll be glad you did. One student of mine recently purchased a 75+ year old Jusek for $3,000 and it sounds great.

: Don

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