Re: Down the drain or good buy?


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Posted by Datsgor on July 19, 2000 at 13:01:35:

In Reply to: Down the drain or good buy? posted by Kev on July 19, 2000 at 11:03:46:

: Hi Everybody,

: I've been lurking on this board for a little while and I'm really impressed with the knowledge and maturity of you guys. I'm sure this question has been addressed thoroughly already but I couldn't find much posted recently on this specifically so sorry if this is a common question.

: I play guitar(1year) and on a recent trip to a local store I saw some crazy hippie looking guy on a video doing things with a bass that completely blew me away. I asked the sales guy "WHO IS THAT?!" He didn't know but he asked around and then told me "Some guy named Jack-o." That was it for me. I'm looking to buy a bass and amp and get started. My dilemma is concerning buying a new Carvin Bass. Peoples opinions on Carvin stuff seem to be love or hate with no in betweens. I believe in "you get what you pay for" but the allure of an american made custom bass at half the price of other basses with comparable features is powerful. Specifically I'm looking at a Bunny Brunel 4 or 5 string model. So for you experienced people out there(El Pajaro, Brock, Pat Harrington for example) who have played dozens of instruments, what's your real impression of Carvin basses? I know resale is low on these and that's not a big concern. For what I want I'm going to pay around $1000 and if you guys think it's a bad move I'd REALLY appreciate it if you could give me compelling reason(s) to or not to pull the trigger on a Carvin Bass. They appear to be a great value for the money and I'm just not motivated by cheap/starter basses-even though I know that's all I really need. Thanks in advance for your help.

: kev

The Bassists name is Jaco Pastorious. Sadly he is no longer with us. Some of his best work can be heard on
Weather Report Albums...er.....CD's such as Heavy Weather, Black Market. A solo album is also out. Entitled
Jaco Pastorius. This web site has a Jaco link...check it out. It is routinly said that there is bass before
Jaco and then there is bass after Jaco. Jaco truely redefined what bass could be. On to Carvin. I have always been
impressed with the quality/price of thier equipment. thier basses have continually won top honors in bass magazine
comparisons. But, i have played a carvin 6 fretless and wasnt too impressed. I talked with a bassist(dont know name)
I saw at a show who was playing a 6 fretted and he was quite pleased. It was, however, his second carvin and he was not
so impressed with his fisrt(why he bought the second bass i dont know)but he conveyed that it was hit or miss with carvin
and that they did have a good return policy. Take a chance and maybe you will get that gem...then again....
hope that helps.........john


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