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  1. Spot on with point 1. Owning a 5 has improved my 4 string playing.
  2. My first bass has been modified so extensively that the only bit left of the original is the neck plate, which says "made in Japan" though the body and neck are from Derbyshire (Alan Marshall), the electronics from Northampton (John east) and the bridge and pickups German ( schaller and Delano ). I guess the gotoh tuners are Japanese. 🙂
  3. Remember being offered one of these in a Nottingham music shop in 1981. £120 I think. Being short scale and only having one el cheapo looking pickup I decided it was a bass built for kids starting out. Whilst agreeing that my subsequent purchase of a plywood jazzbass copy (£90) was a bad move ... still can't quite see the appeal of these little beasties Couple of years later, saw neneh cherry playing one with rip rig and panic, don't know where their real bass player was that night ( sounded awful, but she was on fire )
  4. There cannot be a nicer fretless 4 anywhere at that price... Bargain.
  5. Extreme classical bowing strings aren't they? My experience of top end pirastro strings is that they don't last long and don't take much abuse. Doubtless someone will disagree.
  6. Old instruments often have modern strings. In the case of cellos and violins they've often been heavily modified to project better anyway. Plenty of 1700s instruments fitted with tungsten wound steel strings. I like the sound of my 1880s double bass with low action full weight Spiro's on it. I can hear what I'm playing and have some sustain. But yes, if people ( drummers and pianists) would play quieter and sax players would forgo the microphone we could all maybe learn to like gentler strings. NB: used to use silver wound gut on my cello, loved the gritty woody sound, but they we always out of tune and frequently broke .. now using silver wound synthetics and steel larsens.
  7. My new cello bridge cost £154 fitted ( no adjustors of course ) the blank was the best (despiau, grade A, C02) one they had in stock at £84, fitting £70 (an hour's and a bit work I guess). They didn't do all the fancy stuff of removing and shaping bits of the bridge blank that some people insist on.... but it fits the belly and the finger board curve perfectly; for a £10k istrument it's fine .. seemed a bit harsh at first but now played in nicely. If I had a £100k cello I might be more fussy! The nearest equivalent despiau 4/4 DB bridge I found is £117, same price with adjusters pre fitted if you drop a few quality grades. Quite adequate for most us amateurs I'd imagine. Admitted, if you want the finest grade A blank, custom carved, then fitted with the finest ebony adjusters, it's going to cost! NB it's not the Jag technician you're paying for, it's the fancy show room, the massive tooling cost, an overweight management structure and the profit margin that heads off to India! 😉
  8. With Squires out there why would anyone buy a Columbus. Back in the 70s /80s a real fender was £400+ (three weeks wages for me). There were no Squires. But after rent (£10 a week) beer money (£3) and living expenses (£20) I saved for a 2nd hand £90 jap jazz copy ( Grant not Columbus, but same ilk). It was aawful( dead ply body, low output pickups, slippy truss rod, bumpy fingerboard) and over the years had a small fortune spent on it ... still have bits of it. Just buy a squire... better still a Yamaha 😉
  9. 1986 then. Always wanted a walnut one 😞 Hope sale goes through ok.
  10. Slight temptation to buy this, fit my fretless neck then sell on the resulting fretted, maple faced, custom to a tool fan... Hmm. Not sure I could part with any part of my beloved w2716 though ..end up keeping both I'm sure.
  11. Trouble will be the cost of bringing it up to scratch. Any buzzes, rattles, soft spots, you may be talking £2k+ to fix ... in order to get a £5k bass. But yes, German. Likely Markneukirchen. 1890s at oldest. I have quite a similar shaped one, though the back on mine is carved not flat and the condition is better. Mine was valued at £7500, but I think £6500 is nearer the mark. Doubt a dealer would pay me more than £4.5k though (sucks teeth, "may need a lot of work before we could put it in the showroom")
  12. You'd get £8000 for that in the USA! https://reverb.com/item/40451834-1984-wal-mk1-mark-1-4-string-bass-guitar-american-walnut-facings?utm_source=android-app&utm_medium=android-share&utm_campaign=listing&utm_content=40451834 Though you might have to share the serial number 😉
  13. Spot on. I've found the same .... but when playing the 4, sometimes try to find note on the missing B string
  14. Good to see no-one has recommended Simandl !
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