Chinese Instruments

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Posted by John Buchholz on January 24, 2000 at 10:43:34:

I was recently very impressed with the quality of construction and the quality of sound of a new Chinese carved-top called a "Snow" bass. Anyone here know of this bass? In my local dealer's shop it was displayed beside several European basses: Wilfers, A Paesold, several others I can't remember. Played side by side with these, I actually preferred the Snow bass for richness of sound. It looked better too-- very dark, impressive spruce top, figured maple back, more "hand-made" look than the others. And, as one might expect, it was priced nearly $2000 lower than the German basses. The discussions about Chinese basses I've seen on lists such as this have tended toward suspicions about the Chinese using "politally incorrect" woods, "old growth," Tibetan... etc. I suppose that's possible. But these kinds of comments could also stem from a kind of Cold War residue, or worse. And who knows where any wood comes from, for European basses as well? It was not cheap, exactly-- about $6600 list-- but, as I said, seemed a great value next to its stablemates.
Any help out there about any of this stuff?

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