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Re: Curious - Ampeg Baby Bass

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Posted by Bob Gollihur on September 10, 2001 at 11:54:52:

In Reply to: Curious - Ampeg Baby Bass posted by Newbie on September 10, 2001 at 10:41:01:

: Hi;
: I'm really sorry if this post is off-topic. I know this instrument looks like an acoustic bass, but is technically an electric.
: I know someone who's selling one of these, and I thought it would be fun to learn on.
: We haven't discussed a price yet, and so I was wondering what price range these go for.
: Any comments appreciated.

I am making the assumption you are talking about an original Ampeg Baby Bass - the reason I say this is that a reissue Ampeg was built by Azola and sold recently under the Ampeg name. They are fine electric basses IMHO. There are also wooden instruments being made by Azola and Ray Ramierez that are shaped like the original.

The original Ampeg Baby Basses are pretty much "thump machines" in their original state. Big percussive hit and virtually no sustain from their original electronics. For that reason they are prized by players of Latin flavored music as well as some other genres where the percussive hit is wanted. But for general play, the lack of sustain is intolerable IMHO. I owned one of the originals for a few years and sold it around 1980 because it was pretty useless for my gigging purposes.

However, there are retrofits and improvements that can be made to pickup systems, but it's going to be another investment (If you buy, check my Double Bass Links Page - under Ampeg in the EUB section. If you can get it cheaply and it is in good shape, it may be worth it. Condition determines price- I've seen some very high and low numbers out there, so it's hard to say what market value really is at this point.

For $1000-1200 you can get a new Engelhardt, a real acoustic double bass. I think the real deal will be a better learning experience.

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