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Posted by mike on May 07, 2001 at 21:17:46:
In Reply to: Good upright for $1,500 for pro electric player? posted by Justin on May 05, 2001 at 20:12:15:
The engle's a reliable beast, and you can get them for about $1000. I'm extremely happy with my M-1. But my experience is that set up is CRUCIAL with all uprights, especially the chaeaper ones. I bought mine for 1500, after it had been set up by a local guy with a great reputation for his skills at set up. He shaved the neck, planed the fingerboard, set the new adjustable bridge and post and did an excellent job of each. It's a very easy playing, good sounding and durable plywood bass.
This guy's argument was that the engle was the most consistently reliable and useful bass in its price range. It's not as fussy or fragile as a carved bass could be, and not as uncertain in terms of quality as some less expensive instruments can be, There may be better basses out there for the money--I'm not saying there aren't. Bob Golligur's got a very tempting bass on his web site. I've seen and played Engle's that were absolutely horrible, because they hadn't been maintained or were indifferently set up at the factory. But if you like the way it sounds and feels, that price sounds reasonable
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