Re: Engelhardt vs Kay

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Posted by Bob Gollihur on April 30, 2000 at 21:49:44:

In Reply to: Engelhardt vs Kay posted by Charlie on April 29, 2000 at 05:02:33:

: I'm wondering if there is really any quality difference between a Kay bass and an Engelhardt, since they are from the same factory and the same design. My local luthier said they are the same bass essentially, other than when they were made. Any opinions from those who have played both? The reason I wonder is because the Kays seem to sell better on Ebay. Is it simply the Kay name and mystique, as with some older Fenders, or do they actually sound better?

All Kays have to be at least 35 years old, and they seem to be relatively consistent in manufacture-- of course, some had better fittings than others, but the bodies seem to be the same in quality for the most part.

Englehardt picked up the ball from Kay in the mid-sixties, and older examples do seem to essentially be the same instruments. However, while Kays are all old, Englehardts are not (you can buy new Englehardts that vary), and they seem to vary more greatly from instrument to instrument.

I think there is a mixture of mystique and fact. Trust your ears, and don't turn down or buy either based on name.

my .02

Bob Gollihur
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