THIS IS NOW SOLD. THANKS FOR LOOKING. AND THANKS FOR ALL YOUR ENQUIRIES.
This is the removable neck Kolstein Busetto travel bass that previously belonged to stalwart BassChat member Clarky. I have owned it since 2013 and have decided to part company with it through lack of use. I'm not a collector of instruments and prefer to move them on if I'm not playing them.
Kolstein are advertising these basses at $6500, so I think my bass represents a bargain, especially if you consider postage and customs charges of having one sent to you in the UK. I reckon you'd be paying well over £6500 by the end of the process.
The Busetto is in very good condition and rather attractive with its hat-peg tuners, ebony fingerboard etc. The Kolstein Busetto travel basses are fully carved instruments and definitely a cut above the usual offerings. I do not really think of this as an EUB, but more as an acoustic double bass with a small body.
I have only ever used this bass acoustically while playing with the Tim Kliphuis Trio, and can vouch for its acoustic tone and surprisingly good volume in a band setting. I realise that this probably isn't going to be most people's playing situation (especially if drums are in the equation), so I intend selling it with a pickup of some sort. A selection of pick-ups are available here to try with the bass. I know that at least one of the various options I have here works well with the bass through my GK combo, so I'm sure it won't be a problem.
I have made some adjustments over the last few years to improve playability a little and to accommodate the gut strings that are my playing preference. The instrument is currently strung with gut, but I intend putting something more 'usual' on now that it's to be sold. Probably Pirastro Obligatos or Thomastiks of some sort. If you are a gut player and would like to try the instrument out, please let me know and I'll keep things as they are.
There is a flight case that accommodates the instrument (and its padded gig bag) when the neck is removed. This is an original Kolstein composite material case. It doesn't look like the cases currently showing on the Kolstein website, but is a much simpler shape, almost rectangular and with no bridge 'bulge'.
I'm having a massive clear out of all sorts of stuff at Percy Towers, so have decided to extend the process to many of my instruments and bass gear. Aside from the Kolstein, I am going to advertise a Hybrid Tineo wood Czech Ease bass, a couple of double basses (big old East German plywood, and a Japanese 5/8 size bass), my old Ampeg Baby Bass and some bass guitars. I will post a few more individual adverts for these items soon, so you can see what else is on offer.
I am in Edinburgh, which I'm aware may not be very convenient for many of you, but we do have excellent communications to the city, particularly via rail and air. I am happy to collect prospective buyers from the airport or station.
If anyone wants to have the bass sent to them, I am happy to look into courier costs. In the recent past, I have used a local courier who specialises in transporting artworks and porcelain. He understands my concerns regarding the gentle handling of musical instruments, even when in good quality cases, and we have never had any problems.
I am happy to undertake sending this bass overseas. Please ask for a quote.