I'm looking to buy a new double bass to play while earning a master's (I'm not near any shops where I can go play them beforehand). I narrowed it down to Upton's Brescian hybrid and Lemur's Laguna. I've heard good things about Lemurs (and it's cheaper), but the Brescian seems like it would be a good investment. I was wondering if the two were comparable and what the pros and cons of each were?
Where are you??
Both are reputable dealers and both fine instruments. I owned a plywood Laguna that was really impressive and own a deluxe hybrid Upton Karr. You might call both shops and see how you feel after the conversations.
Also Dustin Williams in Nashville would be an option or this (Grant Hull has a very good reputation):
I'm in SC too, I would go see Bob Beerman in Greensboro, NC at the Bass Violin Shop. I've bought two basses from him. He's a great guy/luthier with a good selection of basses you can try.
for less money you can get a nice shen fully carved with a roundback rogeri or even less money a Wulter fully carved, both a lot of basses for the money
If you were closer I'd be tempted to brag on the Shen (I'm selling one :)) but I will say the Brescian is a great bass. I bought mine to replace the Shen Willow.
It is big in size and it has big/dark sound. It has kind of a dual personality in that pizz, it sounds a little more like a ply (big fat, less defined) but arco, the sound of the carved top really comes out. Still big and powerfull but more defined.
Upton's setup is nice too.
I do wish they would use mooridian bags and ebony adjusters, but those are minor and subjective gripes.
Not sure if I played a Lemur hybrid at the ISB but I played some of theirs and many others and I haven't played a hybrid I liked better than the Brescian. I did like the Upton Mittenwald a little more but it was fully carved and lots more $ as it was configured.
I have a Brescian, my two cents is that I love how the body feels resting on me. (Not in bed.) So preference, preference, preference.. but I'm overly satisfied atm. Hindsight, I would have appreciated playing and comparing.
I agree that you need to drive and play basses till you find one that speaks to you. I did that at the beginning of my masters.
Im glad i found the bass i did.
IF i were you i would consider a bass from KC strings as well. a fully carved bass for 5600 bucks and they are incredible.
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