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Posted by Buddy Ellis on February 03, 2002 at 21:59:09:
I'm looking for a bass somewhere in the sub 2000 or there about range. I've been perusing Christopher, strunel, Sam Shen, Engelhardt, and others in this price range. I've a few questions.
1. Anybody know of any dealers for the Shen basses? I've been unable to locate, and the csc web site doesnt list any dealers (I have submitted a request though)
2. In terms of a more classicaly oriented bass that will be used (in order of magnitude) jazz, church/arco, orch pit/show tunes, and some bluegrass, how would you rate these brands?
3. If you were buying, what would you buy (don't tell me to play em and buy what I want, I don't live within 1000 miles of a real string shop, so that isn't going to happen -- I'm probably going to have to go on reputation of manufacturer and/or distributor alone, hopefully with some of YOUR help :-)
I just want some genuine opinions of basses in this price range, especially the Christophers (looking at 200 or maybe 300 hybrid series), shens (150 or 180 hybrids), and strunel (5/20 or 5/35 -- but I dont really like Gamba shape). I've also looked at Bob Gollihur's Bulgerian basses, but they are borderline out of my price point (and I don't really like the shiny/color).
I'm really leaning toward a christopher 200 series busetto cornered 7/8s but I can't seem to get a good, clear idea of what the finish is like on these. Concord Group's website seems to display them as sort of matte finished, but many photos I've seen on the web otherwise look like that shiny, cheapoid-palintino/cremona looking mess. Has anyone seen one of these in person?
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