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Posted by Don on January 13, 2002 at 13:44:12:
In Reply to: Tyrolean Basses posted by Bean on January 10, 2001 at 19:03:46:
: What is the deal with Tyrolean basses? Is there a particular time when they were made and they were great? Is this the name of a maker or a style? Is there anything about these basses that I should know or should I avoid them?
Tyrolean refers to a region of Europe. Think southern Germany, where Austria and Switzerland bump. South of Mittenwald, up in the Alps you have the Austrian
state of Tirol.
Tyroleans had a unique method of neck joinery, which went out of use in the late 1800's. Your luthier can identify it.
Scrolls are not necessarily made of beech. Mine was integral with the neck, which was maple. Tyrolean basses are just like any other breed; they vary. They do not necessarily have a huge sound, or powerful low end, etc. Some do, some don't. I have owned a dozen basses, 4 German, and the Tyrolean was nothing special in sound or projection. If you find one, listen to it; play it. Then decide. Remember this about buying a bass: it means you're willing to pay more money than anyone else up to that time. If you're concerned with resale value, Italian basses command a premium; German and Czech tend to be discounted. All because of nationality.
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