Posted by Rich Laird on October 18, 2000 at 11:00:39:
In Reply to: Lang bass? and other questions. posted by Seavers on October 17, 2000 at 09:40:37:
Take a look at this address: http://www.bassviolins.com/engleh.htm
That's a listing of prices for set-up work from a west coast dealer called Hammond Ashley - for setting up a Kay bass. Maybe that will give you an
idea. Your idea about buying a used one to avoid paying for set-up out-of-pocket does seem to have some logic. But most people who have a good bass that
is in good playing condition will expect to get a good price.
I've seen some uprights for sale on ebay - some look like they might be good deals. But others look like people are too attached to their instruments to be trying to auction them. What I would suggest is find a luthier in your area who can do set-up to give you an idea of prices they would charge. Then bid on ebay - until you get a good deal.
One place you really need to check out is www.gollihur.com. Not only are there tons of links and info about basses (great stuff!) but Bob Gollihur has some very reasonably priced Bulgarian basses that he imports. I'm not sure about what set-up work he does....but I think he would have some good suggestions as to how to avoid some frustration and confusion about how to get a good bass ready to play without throwing your money away.
Other web pages that have basses for sale include www.stringbass.com and www.netinstruments.com.
: 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.
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