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Posted by james condino on September 24, 2001 at 22:10:06:

In Reply to: Re: bass with cut-away posted by Monte on September 21, 2001 at 14:50:43:

: : Hi!!

: : Sometime ago, I have seen an upright bass with a cut away above, like an electric or an acoustic bass. I think that this can make easier to play upper tones and avoid thumb positions. Can anyone give me information about what kind of bass is that?.

Framus made them after the war.Most of them were plywood 3/4 sized, with the oddball addition of plastic binding around the top and soundholes. I have the only one that I have ever seen. It sounds like an old well played Kay and plays very great. Everyone always wants to strike up a conversation about it- not because of its tone or my skills, but it has a huge cool factor- looks like it should be tearing it up with Miles and Coletrane in some smoky 50's club. Does anyone know what it is worth? I paid about $500 for it....j

: : Thanks in advance.

: : Nacho

: The German company Framus made these basses, I believe in the 50's or 60's. Most were plywood, but I believe some were carved, as this pic appears to be. I don't think they were anything great sound wise, but I've never heard one.

: Monte

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