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Re: Investing money in repair to improve a bass.

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Posted by Al on July 19, 2001 at 12:14:35:

In Reply to: Re: Investing money in repair to improve a bass. posted by Reed on July 13, 2001 at 17:29:00:

: : I have a 1939 Alfred Meyer German carved roundback(3/4 size). It sounds and plays nice except for two things. First- there is a heavy wolftone while bowing an "A" or "Ab" on the "A" string(high position). Second- a crack in the top was incorrectly repaired some time ago. The remedy involves removing the top and then taking off the bassbar in order to correctly re-repair the crack and then re-install the bassbar. The "E" string is presently a little on the under-powered side. I might invest in a good Los Angeles area repair job if it might help. Anyone have any thoughts?

: Your sound problems (the wolf tone and the weak E) may be due to the improperly repaired crack. I had the same problem with my 1923 Juzek,and was I ever glad I got it repaired! it was not cheap, but the improvements in sound production made it sound a thousandfold times better! A repair like this can cost anywhere
: from $200 to $500, (in LA, maybe more) depending on the work involved, but it is still cheaper than buying a new bass, especially if you like the one you have

My opinion is that if you have the repair work done you will discover
how the bass "turns out".This isn't what you wanted to hear - but
the only way to find out if it will sound better is to get the work done.
I would get an "estimate" ($ and time) then try to decide if it is
worth what it will cost. I probably would have the work done on this
particular bass. Good luck - Al

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