Re: Chinese Instruments

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Posted by Dave Sharp on March 02, 2000 at 10:10:28:

In Reply to: Re: Chinese Instruments posted by Armenta on January 27, 2000 at 10:42:23:

: I too, have recently been searching and was similarly impressed by the Chinese instruments. The one i thought sounded best of all was a carved Chinese bass for $3800, it held its own against other basses at twice the price. Well, since this is my first URB, I settled on a plywood model (also chinese) for $500 and $500 for set up. This bass also sounds great! I ran into a fair deal of prejudice with some of the local luthiers. Very Scary!
: The carved bass I mentioned can be seen

I checked out a carved Chinese bass not too long ago and it sounded good.
Soon after this I talked to a bass dealer who advised me to stay away
from them, because after a few years they can start to crack. It seems the
Asian wood has a hard time adjusting to the climate in North America.
He told me he had one in his shop at the time that had a crack
on the top that occurred out of the blue, and was wide enough to fit
a quarter inside.

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