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Re: good bass for orchestra/chamber music

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Posted by Tim on December 02, 2002 at 12:52:41:

In Reply to: good bass for orchestra/chamber music posted by Dave on November 28, 2002 at 04:13:09:

: I'm thinking about a carved Samuel Shen approx 10 yrs old for 3000.00.
: The purpose of the bass would be strictly arco (orchestra or chamber music)
: This one has no label.
: It seems to be very resonant (and it's a pretty light bass)

: My questions are:
: Does anyone have a comments regarding Shen basses (particularly of this vintage)?

: Has anyone seen a Shen with no label?

: Anyone have advice on somthing else I should consider for the same price?

: Thanks,
: Dave

I've played several Samuel Shen basses, all of a vintage more recent than the one you are speaking of, but I have been impressed at the sound, quality of construction, and value. About a year ago I played a Shen 7/8 size bass (designed by Paul Strelau) which had a very powerful and warm tone quality and excellent response. (I play a Strelau bass in orchestra)

I purchased two 1/2 size Shen plywood basses a couple of years ago to rent out to my students, and have been very pleased with them. They are the best 1/2 size plywood basses I have seen in terms of tone quality and playability. I also just bought a Shen 3/4 size plywood bass for myself to use as a practice bass and have been very pleased with it. It compares favorably to many of the old Kay plywood basses I have played.

All the Shen basses I played had stickers in them.

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