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Posted by Aaron Kimberly on February 26, 2001 at 15:22:53:
In Reply to: First Upright posted by Erik on February 20, 2001 at 12:00:55:
: Hi, I am a student at UConn...not of music...and looking to get back into playing jazz. I studied Upright Bass at Com.College, but never owned my own...no it is time. I am looking to spend up to around 2400 and need to know a few things: What are the benefits and disadvantages of carved vs. laminated or hybrid? What countries turn out the better instruments? What are the best strings for a primarily pizz. player that will occationally bow?
: Any help is greatly appreciated...thanks!
I pop in to this site every so often but since I'm a beginner I haven't had much to contribute. While we're talking about "first basses" I'd like to jump in here.
I bought a laminate bass (made by Strunal in the Czech Republic)for about $2500 a couple of years ago. I still pine over carved ones but I must admit I'm loving my bass. Since I am a beginner and was a student, I couldn't justify or afford the cost of a good carved instrument but I did want to feel that I got the most for what I could afford. (Even $2500 is a lot of money in my world.)
What I would recomend to those whose income limits to a cheaper bass, is try to spend a bit more on the strings and bow. My bass was sounding a bit whimpy but recently I had my bow rehaired with good quality hair and it's made a world of difference to the overall tone and playability. It cost all of $30. Incidently, I tried the black hair. I don't mind the grittier sound of black hair - it might be preferable for jazz.
Does anyone else have suggetions about getting the most out of a cheaper instrument? Something I've considered (because I've done it with guitars in the past) is slowly (in addition to upgrading my bow and strings over time) is to eventually replace the hardware of the instrument with better quality stuff. Would that make any differnce?
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