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Posted by Don Cornwell on December 31, 2001 at 08:43:29:

In Reply to: kay bass selling price posted by ap on December 30, 2001 at 19:05:39:

: I have a 1945 Kay bass M-1 in near mint condition. Its been passed down through the family and I think its time to sell her. Any suggestions on how much to ask for it? It has the serial number stamped in the bass as well as on the tag which reads Kay Bass Viol. It also has Kay on the tailpiece and up where the winders are. Thanks

I am currently restoring a 1948 M-1. I also have a 1963 C-1. There are
four things that dictate selling price: sound, playability, condition and
demand. There are a boat load of basses out there and with the availability
of medium quality carved basses, the price on laminates usually stops in
the 2500-3000 range. I read an ad for a Swingmaster in mint condition for
$3200, but I am doubtful he'll get it. The '45 M-1 should have the same type
laminate as the S1 and S-8/9. The top three Kay basses normally differ only
in finish and hardware. If it has been continually played and is set up
well and sounds great(for a laminate), you should be in the higher price
range. The year, make, and model are not nearly as important as the sound
and set-up. The price range I see most of the time for Kays is $800-$2600. You could luck out and find someone who really wants an old Kay bass just
because it's old and a Kay. Good Luck, and keep the message board posted. Thanks, Don

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