Posted by Armenta on January 21, 2000 at 19:19:19:
In Reply to: Cheap basses posted by Dennis Smith on January 17, 2000 at 06:34:02:
Dennis, I recently bought a Cremona for $500 US, as Bob Gollihur pointed out, it was not ready to play out of the box and is still at the luthier now. it needed a new bridge ($200) dress the fingerboard ($135) and a better set of strings ($110). So it cost another $500 or so, but you know what? this particular bass sounded so good out of the box that I had to have it, ( the luthier took the mans # ,he had one other,and he wanted it!) I bought it for salsa gigs but I know its good for jazz also,very warm in all registers. I too, looked at 15,000 dollar basses, and they certainly DID NOT sound fifteen times better, not even twice as good. I played two salsa gigs with this bass before taking it in and everyoneloved it! The luthier, Michael Olivola, sets them up so they play as smooth and easy as my 72' P Bass. Advice: go see the expensive basses so you can make comparisons in quality & sound.Then: TRUST YOUR EARS!
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