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Posted by Ed on May 14, 2001 at 11:30:56:
In Reply to: Where to get a Quality Bass: Store or Private Deal? posted by Pete G on May 13, 2001 at 14:00:38:
Any luthier or shop (like Kolstein's) is going to add a percentage to the price they are asking for an instrument. It is, after all, a business.
But it is doubtful that any one individual is going to have the range of basses that you will be able to play at any reputable luthier or stringed instrument shop.
Part of what you are paying for by paying this percentage, is the ability to have a responsible entity legally liable for "full disclosure" of an instrument's condition, establish a line of provenance, and be available and willing to accept "their" instrument back when you want to trade up.
If you know of someone selling an instrument, by all means have your luthier check it out. Just don't pass up a good bass to wait for a "deal" that may never materialize...
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