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Posted by Rich Laird on September 28, 2000 at 10:57:43:

In Reply to: Re: I NEED A KAY OR AN ENGLEHARDT posted by George on September 18, 2000 at 11:17:20:

: : I am getting ready to start playing upright bass and i was told that a kay or an englehardt. I have a price range of about a $1300 budget, but if really necessary, i can probably go to 1500. Another thing is that if i get one, i will need to know if i will be able to return it if it doesn't suit my needs. Thank You. Richard Winkelmann

: Why don't you try to find a music store, within a reasonable distance, that will rent you an upright for a few months. Preferablly a Kay or Englehardt. Then you can see if upright Bass is for you without being out more than a hundred dollars or so. I think you would lose more than that if you try to resell a new Bass.

Maybe others would disagree, but I can't imagine why anyone would recommend a Kay or Englehardt bass - other than the fact that there are a lot of them around and people often aren't familiar with other brands.

It's been many years...but I have seen/played some laminated basses by Schmidt and Schroetter with sound and playability that was much superior to Kay. Even better was Meisel - At least that was my own favorite (in terms of laminated instruments).

The best plan - as has been suggested - would be to rent (doesn't really matter what brand) until you've decided whether you want to really get heaviliy involved in the double bass. If so, then invest in a good carved instrument.

A good instrument is - in the real sense of the word - an investment since it will appreciate in value over time.

One other little tip - the music store's "Rent with Option to Buy" plan is probably just a gimmick. (I've worked in a couple of music stores.) When you make a purchase - they'll deduct the rent you've paid from the retail list price of an instrument. If you didn't rent anything from them, they will undoubtedly be willing to haggle down from the list price anyway. That doesn't mean that you shouldn't rent - but renting is renting and buying is buying. Deal with them one at a time.

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