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Re: Cremona Basses?

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Posted by Dave B on March 01, 2001 at 19:29:05:

In Reply to: Re: Cremona Basses? posted by Ed on March 01, 2001 at 10:06:57:

I have a cremona that is absolutely great--for the money. I bought a book or three on bridge setup and etc, and I quizzed the guy at Saga to make sure that the bass he sent me had had the fingerboard properly planed and set up. I also asked that the neck joint be doublechecked for fit and handiwork.

The action was atrociously high but I set to work cutting down the bridge and now have a very playable, reasonably good sounding bass--for the money. I have less than $500 in the whole thing. Undoubtedly a $1500 bass sounds better, but it probably doesn't play much better, and this bass is at least not prohibitve towards learning and appreciating the instrument in general.

: "poor folks have no business playing double bass" - where do you get that from? No luthier that I have EVER been to has EVER made me feel that the amount of money that you have has anything to do with whether or not you "should" be playing the bass.

: In fact, if they know you are a serious musician, they will go out of their way to make sure you get the best bass in your budget range. Bottom line, a jerk is a jerk. But don't turn your one bad experience into a broad indictment....

: So now you have yer Cremona bass that you put $1000 into, you want to move up. So what do you do? You try to sell a bass that will only interest a beginner, for double the price for what the beginner sees those basses selling for. You are NOT gonna be able to sell it to someone who knows anything about basses, for an inexpensive instrument they are going to go ahead and put $1200-1400 into an instrument that is better constructed, will appreciate and is playable from jump.

: It doesn't make you any less of a person, it just means you made an ill-advised decision.

: You like the way it sounds, fine. I personally have played about 5 of these basses (in various states of set up) and their sound has been unfailingly nasal. And there will be no maturing process for that sound, it will never get richer or more complex (like most good basses). "Crappy pedigreed basses..." hmmm, could you be a little more specific? I play a factory made Mittenwald bass that I paid $2000 for (about 10 years ago) that sounds great (gimme your e-mail address and I'll send mp3s if ya want). Now admittedly that bass would cost much more than that if I tried to buy it now.

: But there are plenty of basses out there between $3000- 8000 that sound great. If you are ever around NYC, gimme a shout, bring your bass and let's see if we can find a "$7000 bass" that sounds worse than yer Cremona. I know where my money's at...

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