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Posted by Aabra Jaggard on August 16, 2001 at 16:28:24:
In Reply to: Chinese Basses posted by Armenta on August 16, 2001 at 11:48:33:
I'm renting-to-own a Christopher bass made in 2000 and the tone has dramatically improved in the two months I've been playing it. I owned a cheapie plywood bass in high school and a 100 year old German flat back in college. The plywood bass was muffled sounding and the German flatback was so loud I could only play jazz on it. I've never been so happy with my sound as I am with the Christopher. My harmonics are clear and the body weight is great for me, a 5'4" female with not-so-developed upper body strength.
I think if a person wanted to play jazz they might be happier with something cheaper, or louder, and I don't think the price would be suitable for someone just starting out. But for college kids and amatuers, it's a great bass.
I'm just a former player/beginner so maybe I can't tell how good it sounds, but the shop where I got it from claimed that it was used at an Atlanta jazz festival early this year, so the tone can't be too awful. I'll ask the shopkeep for a recording to hear how he sounds. Anyone know of any recordings of players using Christopher basses?
: Has anyone bought one of the higher end Chinese basses?
: I have seen some of the Christopher basses and they are absolutely beautiful.
: The prices are very tempting too! I have had a good experience with my 500 dollar Cremona, its warm and twice as loud as the two Kay basses I have gone to see in the under $2000 (plywood) range. There seems to be a general mistrust since there is not a long history of these basses yet. Let us know of your experiences.
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