Re: Buying an upright


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Posted by Ed on January 03, 19100 at 13:46:34:

In Reply to: Buying an upright posted by Armenta on December 30, 1999 at 19:13:05:

: Just my thoughts and findings.
: After searching for two years and seeing and playing many basses, I have bought a 3/4 Chinese bass , Maple sides and back but a laminated spruce top. I had been subjected to numerus lectures and prejudices about these instruments( no luthier history, made in china must be cheap) but I really love this bass and it has a loud rich growling tone. I was willing to spend up to $15,000.00 and saw several in this range. I looked at fifteenth century french flatback 5 strings and 100 year old German and Italian ones. When I decided to buy with my ears and not a pedigree, I really loved a shop made carved Chinese bass for $3800.00, I even saw it with a dozen others at a bass bash at the Symphony hall, BIG sound. I ended up with the great sounding laminated bass because guess what? it was only five hundred bucks! MORAL: TRUST YOUR EARS!

You really found a bass that was made in the 1300's(14th century)? Hmmm, check again.


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