Re: What bass should I buy?

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Posted by Rich Laird on October 30, 2000 at 14:49:06:

In Reply to: What bass should I buy? posted by Matthew900 on October 30, 2000 at 13:26:21:

: I used to play bass in my high school orchestra and have recently decided to start playing again. I have a budget of $1000 to spend on a bass and I can't decide what bass to buy. There are so many out there on the Internet, and I have no idea which ones are best. Any suggestions of what bass to get and were to buy it would be greatly appreciated,

: Thanks,

Check out For one thing, there's a list of luthiers and dealers who handle basses that will be a big help. There's also a classified ad section where people have instruments for sale.

But your best bet might be Bob Gollihur himself. He imports some basses from Bulgaria (I think!) that he claims represent a great value in an inexpensive double bass. I don't know Bob personally and have not done business with him. But he sure seems to work hard at helping people out with all kinds of questions that come up re basses, amplification, set-up and all kinds of things. He really doesn't strike me as someone who would try to sell you a crummy instrument and represent it as something it's not.

There seems to be some consensus of opinion that that spending less than $2,000 in today's market is asking for some grief. I've heard some horror stories lately about basses imported from China under the brand names Cremona and Palatino. I'm not going top say too much about these particular brands 'cause I have no personal experience with them. But "be careful out there".

You can also learn more by signing up to the "2xBassList" that's run by the Univ. of Washington. (You can also join the Bass List through a link on I'd really recommend it as a way to get some really helpful information from a group of really good folks. In fact, your question is really quite timely. There was a lot of message traffic just last night that was triggerred by someone who was trying to find a bass for about $6509 and ended up with a Cremona.


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