Re: Help needed on buying a bass

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Posted by James on June 27, 2000 at 12:30:29:

In Reply to: Re: Help needed on buying a bass posted by olivier on June 20, 2000 at 01:06:22:

: : I'm hoping someone can help me out. I want to buy a bass for my husband, but I know very little about what good brands are and what I should look for when buying. I'm a pianist, and my husband has never played an instrument before, so neither of us know anything about what to look for. I have seen some relatively inexpensive basses listed on ebay (Palatino and Cremona), but are these worth the money? He will literally be a beginner, so it just needs to be something he can learn on that will have a decent sound. Also, he's 6'4", so would it be better to get a 3/4 or a 4/4 bass? Any help anyone can give would be greatly appreciated!

: The problem with the Palatino and Cremona brands of cheap instruments is that they are usually not in good playing condition and that it'll cost at least as much as they value to be set up (fixed) by a qualify luthier. Some luthiers won't even look at these things...

I actually bought a Cremora (or as I call it Crap-o-la) bass and I've been sorry- I paid $760 for it and have put almost a $600 just to get it playable- the action is terrible, the tone is awful. I should have just saved my money and purchased a nicer model fro around $1500- my hands would be much happier.
Nothing is worse than fighting the bass when just starting out- your husbad will only grow to hate the bass.

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