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Posted by Bob Gollihur on May 01, 2001 at 13:16:07:
In Reply to: Upright for lefties??? posted by GR on May 01, 2001 at 12:23:17:
: I've been seriously considering picking up an upright bass for a while now, but i have a big problem (aside from the fact that they're pretty expesive)... I'm left handed. I've been playing other stringed instrument for a couple of years, and therefore I can't really play any other way.
: I looked into switching around a right handed bass, but i hear that it's just a bad idea because of the bracing and the fingerboard is sloped. Is this true?
: If it is, then are there companies who make lefties normally? The only way i can see myself ever getting one is by having it custom made, or buying someone's custom made one. There's just nothing out there that beats the huge bottom of an upight bass.
: Any help or info about this stuff would be greatly appreciated. thanks.
Left-handed basses aren't that plentiful; it costs quite a bit to have one converted, which involves, at a minimum, moving the bass bar and changing the fingerboard. A custom built bass costs quite a bit, too. There are a lot of resources and luthiers listed on my Double Bass Links Page - http://www.gollihur.com/kkbass/basslink.html
FYI, I can have a carved bass built in Bulgaria for you left-handed for $125 over the regular price. I can also have any Engelhardt model built left-handed for $125 also. In both cases, there is about a 3-4 month wait, but it's an inexpensive way to go. See my site with info by clicking below:
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