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Posted by Erik on March 01, 2001 at 16:37:21:

Hi, I aked advice about getting into a new bass in the 2500 range for price. I ended up getting what I think was a great deal on a Leon Aubert R-22/ Mathias Thoma MT-1. It is a fully carved Romanian bass with violin corners and a flat back. After getting it home, I noticed that there are stress cracks in the finish of the bass...I mean the coating. They appear in many places to include by the neck joint where it joins the bass and where the tail piece is. Also, there is a dent in the looks to be a manufacturing flaw like someone put there finger into damp concrete and it dried with that imprint. Otherwise the bass sounds absolutley amazing. It plays great too. I got the David Gage pickup on it running into a David Eden preamp and amplified it is smooth as fresh melted chocolate. However, I am concerned with the cracks and the dip. The bass is going back tomorrow for inspection and I think I will just request a new one...but I need your experience and help!!!!!

I have read that Romanian basses are not that great, how much truth is there to that?

For an entry fully carved, is a $3000-$3500 bass a decent bass? Is this a good bass?

Should I be concerned with the coating cracks?

And does anyone know what the minimum aging should be for woods...this bass has woods that are aged about 7 years before construction?

Since I am bring the bass back tomorrow, if you can help, I would greatly appreciate if you could send the email directly to me tonight at


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