Re: Cheap basses

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Posted by Roger Peterson on January 21, 2000 at 23:45:54:

In Reply to: Cheap basses posted by Dennis Smith on January 17, 2000 at 06:34:02:

: I'm in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada. I play electric, and like many of the bassists who have posted messeages, I am interested in learning to play an upright acoustic. I've read various postings on the internet have seen a general dissatisfaction with having to pay thousands of U.S. dollars for a bass. In my searches I have found plywood basses for as low as $695.00 (Cremona) and a few others all under $1000.00 U.S. Quesry: what's wrong with these basses. Didn't us electric players all start with something from Sears for $89.95? My first electric was a Fender Music Master. I purchases it for $200.00 Canadian in 1978 and played the hell out of it (now the "classics" and fetch $800 plus in Canada. I would like to here from anyone who has actually played these "student model" basses and tell my what their short comings are. I am well aware of the preferece for solid spruce tops over plywood. I have been told by some that a plywoold bass is actually preferred for the bassists who actually "gigs" and lives in changing climates (as I write this, it's 20 below celcius and zero humidity). I want to buy one of these cheap basses but I am afraid to considering all the talk about $15,000 basses being the only thing worth playing. I would be boosted by hearing from any Cremona or Strunal players, or anyone who has bought a Frankfurt bass from Jimlaabs (they are currently a bargain).

: Dennis Smith

I bought my Cremona last year from a dealer that special ordered it for me (I needed a cheap bass and could not find one in the Dallas/Ft.Worth area). Low and behold, I opened the box to find the bass was unplayable as shipped. The dealer did not know how to set it up and could not suggest anyone that could. Off to the web I went and found a violin repairman in Dallas. 1 week and $350 later I picked up my new bass, took it home and played it 'till my fingers were raw. I have found the bass to have a fine "woody" tone and very expressive. It's not as loud as I would like but I think with some adjustments it will be fine. The problem is... I don't want to let it go for a week to have the work done. I love this bass and can't understand why I waited so long to cross over. I have not picked up my electric bass in 8 or 8 months. The moral of the story is... Get what you can afford, play the heck out of it, and learn to get the tone you hear in your head. The Cremona bass was and is still an insperation every time I touch it.

Roger Peterson

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