Posted by Don on October 23, 2000 at 07:44:07:
In Reply to: cracked back posted by brent on October 22, 2000 at 10:50:15:
: I've found a carved 50 year old Jusek whose tone and feel I like. My hesitation is that its back has sustained a lot of cracks. They appear to have been decently repaired, but I am a touring musician, and need a resilient bass. Is a fixed crack as good as no crack?
: I'm days away from buying, and at this point am a glutton for advice. The bass has a darker tone, which sounds more pleasing to me in the practice room, but I need to project over a seven piece without a p.a. or amp.
: Also, I'm considering putting gut strings on it. I do some slapping, and intuitively like the natural warmth of gut. How will gut affect volume? I assume sustain will suffer, but in our context sustain is probably lost anyway.
: Flight cases: Gage vs Kolstein?
: I'm a tall man. Should I hold out for a 7/8?
: Time is a factor. I don't think I could bear another tour on a cheap Chinese ply rental.
Virtually all of the finest basses you will ever hear in you lifetime have sustained cracks. Properly repaired by a qualified luthier, they are of no consequence whatsoever. I'd jump at the Juzek, assuming the price was right. The key to it all is the luthier.
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