Re: Cheap basses

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Posted by on April 25, 2000 at 14:09:06:

In Reply to: Re: Cheap basses posted by Harrison Murray on March 04, 2000 at 20:11:30:

: : Having searched for a relativley cheap upright for about 4 months,I eventually found one for 330 (approx $500 I guess,).My teacher said this was a perfectly suitable bass for my current level of playing. After 12 months,I accidentaly damaged the bridge.For the cost of a new bridge and setup (100).I know own a lovely sounding and playing instrument my luthier says it would cost me at least 2000 to find anything as nice. So you see, bargains are there to be had.But surely the bottom line is; you don't need to spend thousands of pounds or dollars on a bass whwn you are still a beginner or intermediate player.My teacher has a beautiful old English bass from the 1700's.When I play his it sounds like mine and vice versa!

: Vital advice that will prevent you from buying more junk heaps: Don't buy
: any bass under $1500 again.

Harrison you have missed the whole point once again...
This guy bought a bass for approx. $500, had to make an inexpensive repair
and came out with a bass worth $2000 (to simplify, it was the same bass - just
fixed up a little). If you opened your mind as much as your mouth you would
have picked up on that.
I have a good friend who bought a bass with a bag and a wood bow for $200 at an
antique shop. It turns out that the bow by it self would sell for around $600.
You never know what deals you can run into out there. Let's not dog people just
because they can't go out and spend ten grand on a bass.

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