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Re: Cremona Basses?

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Posted by Ed on February 27, 2001 at 12:07:02:

In Reply to: Cremona Basses? posted by Jamie Krents on February 26, 2001 at 15:10:50:

: Does anyone know anything about Cremona basses? I was thinking about purchasing one to learn on and I was wondering if anyone was familiar with them. How is their tone? How much are they worth? Thanks!
In case you missed this posting on exactly the same question on another part of this board.

Don't be intrigued, back away slowly so as not to arouse it. Siriusly, they are genrally Pieces of Crap. They are made in China
(which is not to say that all basses made in China are bad, Steve Reilly designs a bass that is built in China, but it is
considerably more than $700)by
companies that would just as soon make furniture or doll houses or whatever will fit into a shipping container and sold in job
lots to distributors who then break up the container into smaller lots to sell to strip mall/shopping center/guitar store/organ and
piano kinda music stores. Which is why you don't see them at shops geared more for orchestral instruments or at luthiers
where actual working musicians take their instruments to be repaired and to buy and sell.
The kinds of problems these basses generally have are: cracked neck blocks, misaligned necks, misaligned fingerboards,
un-even fingerboards, bad bridges, loose bass bars, bad tail piece wires, ill fitting soundposts. Additionally, they come right
from the crate to the Music Center where you have some guy who has never played upright (much less set one up) re setting
the sound post and positioning the bridge and tuning it up.
If the bloody thing were in perfect condition, you would still need to spend $50-100 just getting it set up correctly. Most of
these basses that I have seen need at least $500-700 worth of work to be playable.
In my opinion you are going to be much better served (and will get a more playable AND resalable instrument) by putting the
$1200-1500 you would end up spending into a Strunal or Hungarian bass (either all laminate or laminate with carved top). I
know there's a joint here in Manhattan (Woodwinds and Brass) that sells the spruce top/laminate back and sides Strunal
(ebony fingerboard!) for around $1400.
And that's gonna be an instrument you can actually play. I haven't checked'em out, but Bob Gollihur (all Hail Bob Gollihur)
sells a Hungarian carved bass (and set up) for under $2000. You can check it out at his website.
But stay away from the Palantino/Cremona/Parrot cheap crap....

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