Posted by Keith on January 04, 2001 at 09:38:41:
In Reply to: Strunal and other Eastern European Basses posted by JTM on January 03, 2001 at 15:07:19:
: I'm just getting started shopping for my first upright acoustic bass. I've been playing electric bass for some time and don't know alot about acoustics. so far I have been directed to laminated basses for ease in maintainance as well as lower cost. I have been told of Strunal Basses, particularly the model 50/1 and 50/4. so far, I have gotten two prices on the 50/4 $954 and $1850. Does any body have any experience with this bass or can anyone recommend any other good entry level basses.
Glad to hear you're trying your hand at the double bass. I would recomend you look for a used bass;I recently got an old German plywood bass from the thirties for one of my students for under $2,ooo. It's a more than adequate first bass for anyone. I personally believe that even the sound of plywod basses improves with age, and there is nothing worse than trying to learn on a piece of shit. Get the best bass you can possibly afford and get it set up properly by an exerienced luthier. Bring it to a specialist, not one of those jack of all trade guys you find in the back of some music stores. Some teachers will advise you, and even go with you, to look at basses. Don't rush into it. Good Luck!
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