Re: On the verge of buying an Engelhardt EC-1

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Posted by Rich Laird on December 17, 2000 at 14:39:28:

In Reply to: On the verge of buying an Engelhardt EC-1 posted by Brian Felland on December 11, 2000 at 08:51:26:

: I've found a new Engelhardt EC-1 for $1020. Would have to be shipped.

: Is this a good deal? Probably would end up using it in our Dixieland group, and maybe as background bass for old fashioned singing (rather than an electric bass guitar).

: I'd appreciate your comments. Thanks!

Here's a web address you might want to look at:

These guys sell another model of Englehardt bass for the same price: $1020.
Offhand, I don't know the different models of Englehardts and can't really tell
you if an EC-1 is better than an M-1, or vice-versa, or what. But there's
a whole list of things they do to get the bass totally playtable.

Generally speaking, manufacturers do not ship their instruments in
playable condition - they leave it up to their dealers to do the final set up
and adjustment. In the case of this dealer (Hammond Ashley), they seem to feel
that an Englehardt needs about $700.00 wth of work before it's really ready
to go.

So, it would be a good idea to know how much set-up work that bass is going to
need before you make the investment...and also have someone lined up who can
actually do the work once you get the bass.

I might be in a minority here....but I've never been very fond of either Kay
or Englehardt basses. For dixieland music or anything like that, I would try
to find a used King, Epiphone, American Standard, or something like that. For
a thousand bucks, it might be a little tough. But if you're going to end up
spending around $1,700, I would think you could get something pretty good in
one of those brands.

Just a personal opinion. Good Luck.

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