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Posted by Monte on September 07, 2001 at 10:11:35:
In Reply to: advice on purchasing my upright posted by David on September 06, 2001 at 19:05:23:
First thing: GET A TEACHER. A teacher should help you much more that you think, even if you are God's gift to fretless. URB is different, and you can injure yourself without proper technique. My bass recommendations are:
In that price range you are looking at plywood. I've had good luck with the Czech made Strunal's, and I hear the Englehardts have gotten much better. Most importantly, buy from a reputable dealer known for their set-up, because you will cost yourselves hundreds if you buy one that hasn't had the fingerboard planed and oiled, crappy stock strings replaced, better bridge fitting with adjusters, soundpost, etc. This may bump you from $1500 to closer to $2000, but don't sweat it. A well set-up decent bass will always well for what you paid for it, if not more. Stay away from Cremona, Palatino, Brownstone, and most other $500 E-bay Chinese specials as they have a nasty reputation for quality. Not all Asian basses are bad, the Kohr basses and Christopher are gaining a good reputation.
If you like the Ron Carter sound, he uses LaBella black nylon strings. Easy on the fingers, but they can't be bowed. As a beginner, you NEED to learn arco, even if you never use it outside of the practice room. Pizz can leave a large margin of error for intonation where arco doesn't lie.
Hope this helps,
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