Do Good Basses Hold Value?

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Posted by Pistol Pete on October 26, 2000 at 13:26:15:

I used to play orchestral bass as a serious amateur, then got too busy in my business. Now I've started again, but I'm not happy with the old Pfretzschner I have always played. I've started toying with the idea of spending some fairly serious money on an old English or Italian bass. My hope is that it would be a really fun instrument to play and would keep me motivated, but if I found I couldn't keep it up, then I'd have a chance at recouping the investment and maybe even making a bit. Besides, if I don't do this, my wife will just waste the cash on a home addition or something...

In general, is it safe to assume that a high-quality bass purchased in today's market would hold its value or appreciate?

And does anyone have any comments about dealing with Kolstein, Hammond-Ashley, Gallery Strings, or any other dealer in fine basses?


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