Posted by Bob Gollihur on January 05, 2000 at 17:32:17:
In Reply to: Engelhardt Upright posted by Scott on January 02, 19100 at 15:19:50:
: In the early 1980's I purchased a used Engelhardt upright bass. We still own the instrument and I have a few questions about it. 1) It stands roughly 6'1" tall. Does this categorize the bass as a 3/4 scale? 2) An interior tag reads, "Engelhardt, Made in u.s.a., Model EMI, Serial# 18506". I always suspected it to be of the "school orchestra" variety, but it has maintained a nice "playability" through the years. Where might I find some information on Engelhardt basses? 3) It is time for new strings. What length, guage and brand might someone recommend? It is played daily by my 11 year old daughter, and stays on a stand in our living room.
Englehardt bought Kay's upright bass building stuff when Kay went out of business in the mid-sixties. Their contemporary and past line of basses pretty much parallels Kay, and yes, most of the line was aimed at schools. I'd bet your bass is 3/4 sized; the vibrating string length is probably around 41 - 42 inches, and if so, yup. Kays and older Englehardts are prized by many players based on their durability and special character for certain types of music.
I haven't run across a site with Englehardt history, but you'll find a lot about Kays-- I'll put a link to my Double Bass Links site in this message, and suggest you visit Roger Stower's site; his link is there along with a ton of other URB resources.
My personal string preference is Corelli 370TX, which I have on my 40's Kay, figurative father to your bass. They are very smooth, not as taut as some similar metal strings, have a nice warmth, bow beautifully, and are quite reasonable. I've gotten them from Quinn Violins at a good price (also in my links).
Good luck and enjoy, Bob
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