Re: Help needed on buying a bass

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Posted by John on June 20, 2000 at 09:17:23:

In Reply to: Help needed on buying a bass posted by Kimberly on June 19, 2000 at 11:44:08:

It is very difficult to give advice this general, from this distance. Your best bet would probably be to find a bass player or two in your area (maybe ask at music stores?) and get an entry into the bassplayers' community. In my experience they (we) are quite helpful. Depending on your location, they might be able to refer you to somebody who could steer you right, or somebody who has or knows of an entry-level instrument. And a good teacher-- which your husband should have to start. The upright bass is a very demanding instrument. Starting wrong can be not only discouraging, but physically painful.
The previous post gives good advice: buying a bass via email is a very risky proposition. Setup is crucial. Even expensive instruments require setup (fine tuning of strings, string height, fingerboard, bridge, etc.) And yes, you may have to pay more for the setup than the price of some cheap basses.

Good Luck.
ps. follow up if you have more questions

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