Re: What bass should I buy?

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Posted by Ed on November 02, 2000 at 16:25:23:

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

If you add $300-600 more to your budget you should be able to have your pick of good plywood basses to choose from. Go through a luthier, not a music store. there are good deals on the net, but the same stuff applies to buying basses as buying cars. If you don't know what to look for, it's gonna be easy for somebody to take advantage of you. You will want to have a luthier that you have a relationship with anyway (once you have a bass)why not start now. even if they don't have a bass in your (modified) price range, they will happily assess (for a small fee) any bass you are considering. talk to any bassists
in the local (or visiting) symphony about who their luthiers are. Bob Gollihur's website is a great online source for contacts you can then contact face to face.
I played a Palantino recently (which somebody was passing off as a German bass)and I add my voice to the chorus of STAY AWAY, FAR FAR AWAY. You can get a substantially better instrument (and one that won't depreciate) through a reputable luthier.
The other thing is: get over this whole idea of "best". There is no such thing. Even with factory basses (which doesn't mean what it sounds like)there is a pretty wide range of sound from one bass to the next. I love Buster Williams Hawks Panormo, but the one that Gage had for sale I was very dissapointed with because it didn't have the same qualities of sound that I was looking for. But that doesn't mean it's a bad bass, somebody's gonna play it and fall in love with the sound. You need to have as good an idea of the sound that says "bass" to you in your head and get as close to that sound as your budget will allow you.

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