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Re: Around $1500 to spend...

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Posted by Nathan Fay on January 18, 2002 at 13:17:40:

In Reply to: Re: Around $1500 to spend... posted by Rich Laird on January 09, 2001 at 21:11:33:

: : looking for a bass for jazz. Current possibilities are a 60's Kay C-1, refin, good condition but probably in need of serious setup (haven't played it yet, being sold by non-players). Comes with 3 bows and canvas bag. Other is a '99 Schroetter with carved top, lam back and sides, padded bag for $1650. The Kay seems overpriced, the other seems a bit more realistic. Thoughts?

: Older Kays seem to go for around $1,600-1,800 these days, at least if they're in good shape and fully set-up. If there's set-up work to be done, you should probably try to figure out exactly what needs to be done and get it costed out before you buy. Take it to a good luthier and have it checked out - you can find a luthier in your area on They usually know their local markets and can give you an idea of what instruments are worth, given their condition, etc.

: Those three bows are also a big variable. Three bows could be worth anywhere from nothing to $12,000!!

: The Schroetter - if it's fully set-up, etc. sounds like good value to me.

: But the proof is in the you really like either one of these beasts? If you're just getting started, it would be a good idea to get someone who knows about basses to help you find something that suits your purposes - maybe your teacher.

: Learrn as much as you can and take your time. Good Luck.


I actually have a carved czech bass circa 1950's for sale, its in great shap, although im asking 1800 for it, drop me an email if your interested

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