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Posted by Tim on May 23, 2002 at 23:30:27:
In Reply to: Re: Cremona Bass posted by Gerardo on April 06, 2002 at 13:21:00:
: How much should a beginner pay for an upright?
From what I have gathered, 2500 bucks can get you a nice plywood instrument, a decent hybrid (mixture of solid and ply) or a very low end solid body.
Also, don't assume that all Chinese basses are crap. There are some nice ones out there that use wood aged in eastern europe, are well made, etc. Apparently they can be just the thing for a beginner that doesn't have 5 or 6 grand to spend on a Wilfer or Juzek.
Hammond Ashley (in Seattle) has a very good rep and they are addressing this issue by reworking well made instruments from China. They basically take a standard, well made bass and fix the common problems - they refit the fingerboard, plane and oil the neck, put on a new hand carved adjustable bridge, new nut, etc. and set it up for professional level play. And they'll do that for under 2000 bucks.
Wherever you decide to go, be sure to have someone who has experience building basses fix it and set it up just right for you.
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