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Posted by eXjaZZ+7 on August 06, 2001 at 15:39:45:

In Reply to: WHICH IS BETTER - KOREAN UNIVERSE OR STRUNAL. posted by Rudy Zulkarnaen on July 31, 2001 at 20:03:09:

: Hi... Iím from Indonesia. I started playing upright last year and didn't own any upright yet (I rented an upright with bent neck, really high action and big gauge steel strings, and have no other choice because its the only rental whom provide upright bass in my city).

: I'm looking for my first upright bass. The stores here only provide Korean, Chinese and Czechís strunal bass (and the prices fit my budget for now). I look at the Chineseís (palatino, cremona, etc), and the craftsmanship were terrible. So my choice comes down to the strunal and Koreanís universe sb90/sb100 bass. The Korean was cheaper than the strunal. So, I wanna ask for any opinion from this board about these instruments. Which do you think were better instrument?

: One other question (and its a real beginner one), what's a gut string? Can you bow it? What I saw around here was steel or nylon strings.

: Thanks

Hi. I live in SoCal and I have been to Lemur Music. They sell the Korean made basses and the Strunals, but they take the lables off them for some reason. These are the bottom end beginner basses they sell. The Strunals they sell as their Czech-made Bass. I think I liked the Korean Solid carved top/ flamed maple back better than the Czech bass. The Czech (Strunal) was solid carved top but laminated back and sides I didn't like the two part neck joint and the thick glob finish. I think Jim Laabs music sells the Korean bass for way way cheaper than Lemur. Lemer is Music is a great place. I buy all my stuff there, but their basses seem to be kind of over priced. When buying a bass don't look at where the bass was made ,but bass how it feels and sounds to you. Have you tried a Engelhardt bass? They are well made and sound really good for a all ply bass, I have the ES-1 I like it. I also have a solid carved Wilfer. good luck.

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