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On 09/10/2020 at 17:58, Bassassin said:

If you're lucky you might find an Aria Pro SB-R80/SB Elite II/SB-ELT for £500. All essentially the same bass with very minor differences:



This - A luthier quality bass with astounding tonal range (for a passive) and so so so playable. Mine is the smoothest bass I have ever played. Even if it's £600 sell the wife and make it yours.

Also if you can get anywhere near an Ibanez Musician you will have an alembic quality bass that never ever disappoints

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On 09/10/2020 at 15:27, Doctor J said:

Perhaps a smidge too late, I see, but late 80's Ibanez SRs and SBs are the future as seen through the eyes of the past. A SR800 or SR1000 will have your back in any fight, while the SB900 or SB1200 can take any out an eye in the blink of an... well, you get what I'm saying. None of us are getting any younger so their light weight is just right for our ageing cuff rotators. Plus, the necks are slim but not super skinny so they're easy to adjust to. Matsumoku is for broken shouldered hipsters who can't raise their left arm over their head anymore, while all the cool kids hang out at Fujigen 😁


I remember lusting over the catalogues for these at the time - always fancied the red one in the middle, with the super slim body.

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On 09/10/2020 at 13:58, Shaggy said:

Some great advice above........:i-m_so_happy:

If it was me; as I tend to go for vintage US-made basses I’d be looking at one of the lower range early alu-necked Kramers, which I reckon are still “sleepers” and can be found cheap if you’re lucky.   A nice headless Duke on evilBay at the moment,  for that total ‘80’s look - it’s the more desirable deluxe model too:  https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Kramer-The-Duke-Deluxe-Bass-with-Original-Hard-Case/133484502756?hash=item1f144bdee4:g:

edit: another one just in budget (who can ship):  https://reverb.com/uk/item/35973344-kramer-the-duke-1983-85-headless-bass-w-original-case?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=1726164661&utm_content=campaignid=1726164661_adgroupid=70264195649_productpartitionid=822887595494=merchantid=254031776_productid=35973344_keyword=_device=t_adposition=_matchtype=_creative=391637461803&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIjN6q0NGn7AIV0N_tCh1MOgT-EAQYAiABEgJawPD_BwE

I bought that Duke on Reverb/eBay, plays beautifully, A1 nick and a keeper

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On 11/10/2020 at 12:02, luckman67 said:

Another vote for finding an 80's Peavey USA made bass, I bought this 86 Foundation almost 3 years ago, for £350. An amazing bass for the price 😎.


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The T40s are going up in value as well as the T45, any Cirrus is worth looking at as well.  Was disappointed with the G bass though

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