Posted by Rich Laird on November 10, 2000 at 08:41:11:
In Reply to: Schroetter bass posted by orbit on November 09, 2000 at 20:36:56:
: I was looking for a all carved bass and came across at German made bass by the name of Schreotter. It plays and sounds nice. It is used and has a nice setup.
: Are these basses any good. Have seen Schreotter basses that where made in Romanai. is the one from Gremany going to be a better bass in the long run?
There are both "Andrew Schrotter" and "Anton Schroetter" basses. I'm pretty sure these are both "trade names", meaning that instruments bearing either name could have come from a variety of different sources...different countries...different shops, etc.
You mentioned Schroetter basses coming from Romania...I've heard of the Anton Schroetter label being used on Romanian basses and I've also heard of the Andrew Schroetter label being used on Czech basses. Both labels (I'm pretty sure) have been used on German basses.
So, it can get a little confusing. But evidently you like the bass and that's the main thing. And I can't think of any reason why that instrument wouldn't be a good investment in the long run.
I have a bass labelled Anton Schroetter - 1975. It also has a label that says "Made in West Germany". Let's not kid each other....these instruments aren't exactly Testore's or something. But I can tell you that mine has a nice, big sound, is reasonably even, and plays nice. I can also tell you that I have had absolutely no problems with the wood splitting or anything like that - which is a complaint I've heard about some of the basses that have been imported from China recently. After twenty-five years the bass has absolutely no cracks - which is damn good 'cause I can't honestly say I've always been really conscientious about using a humidifier, etc.
It's a good little bass, it really is.
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