Posted by olivier on October 18, 2000 at 01:51:00:
In Reply to: Lang bass? and other questions. posted by Seavers on October 17, 2000 at 09:40:37:
: Anyone ever heard of Lang basses? My understanding is that they are of chinese
: manufacture. I'm looking to purchase my first upright, and I spoke to an individual who has one of these for sale. I don't think it has been set-up yet. I gather that set-up could be expensive, sometimes more than the value of the instrument. How much should I expect to pay for the service? I know it varies widely depending on the given instruments construction, but a ball park figure would be of interest. Secondly, My thought is to purchase a used bass in order to overcome the frustrations of getting the bass set-up to a reasonable playable state. Is this logical or would it be better to purchase a new one and fight my way through it. I assume that I could get a little better bass for my money if I go with a used one. Finally, i'm living in Nashville, (playing Jazz not country) If anyone can give me a heads up to a bargain, I would greatly appreciate it.
It's not possible to answer these questions, except for the first one: no.
The price of a set-up varies alot, depending on the state of the "crude" instrument.
From China or anywhere else, manufacture bass measurements can vary a lot from the desired specifications. If too far off, you'd better leave that bass. If close enough, all you need is bridge and sound post adjustment, tail-piece cable and new strings. Most often you need to shave the fingerboard, trim the neck, cut a new bridge and put a new soundpost, plus cable and strings, and soft case, and wheel, and ...
If you don't know what you're doing, talk to someone who does: teacher or luthier, and have that person see the bass before you buy it!
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