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Posted by R.Hayes on May 28, 2002 at 21:58:33:
In Reply to: Re: Cremona bass quality posted by Ran Bush on May 28, 2002 at 13:24:55:
: I bought a Cremona for $600, and it held up fine for two years after I spent another $200, but a lot of the low-cost Asian basses are made poorly, and will require $150-$300 to set them up properly and make them playable. And even after that, some Asian basses have major structural problems, like the fingerboards or backs come unglued. Either buy the instrument at a store that knows how to set up basses, or have a qualified luthier set the instrument up for you. Never buy a low-cost Asian bass from a mail-order place -- you need to be able to play it first, and ensure that it has been set up well.
: Good luck.
Ran, your advice is right on the mark. I repair and sell new and used uprights here in north Idaho. I occasionally sell Cremona's and think they have come a long way but would probably not have one drop shipped to somebody unless there was a very good understanding that there might be some work required. I recently brought in a 1/2 size SB1 that is now ready for sale but only after a good setup. It really has some impressive volume for a 1/2 size, it now has good playability, and is also affordable. hr
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