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Posted by matt macgown on November 24, 2002 at 15:31:10:
In Reply to: Re: Double Bass circa 2K posted by R.Hayes on February 05, 2002 at 20:53:50:
: : Where are you located? Contact me for some info if you wish. Presently in Chattanooga TN
: : NOTE: re Shen Bass. I just examined two Shens, and very briefly, may I add. Pretty, but at best a student orchestra instrument, not equivalent to anything I have played in 50 years. Hardware was good, ie., ebony, good tail piece, but loose backs, unorthodox tone, not my cup of tea for anything. Try a Moselle 420 bass!!! I spent two hours on a beaut in Gainesville FLA, a week ago, and even put money down on one, they run about $1900. They have to be taken seriously in the bass fiddle market. Good sound, shape, hardware, etc. and etc. The best I've tried out in the price range, from a symphony and jazz bass player conspectus.
I may buy one after I pick up my new 4/4 bass this winter.
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: : : 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?
: : : Thanks,
: : : Buddy
: Buddy, thought I would respond to this since I have right before me a Shen, a Christopher, and an Engelhardt. Contact me via e-mail if you want honest opinions and where to get the absoulute best price on new instrruments. (not sure if I can post that info) hr
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