Part of the answer is both availabilty and choice. I went to NY to buy a good smaller bass from Wil de Sola because I couldn't find a suitable small one here in Sydney, Australia, for the same price . OK, it cost me fares, accommodation, shipping and taxes but even for the total cost there has always been very little to choose from here. We only have a relatively small scene compared to the US and Europe. Most of our remaining old basses are trade instruments from Germany and France dating from the late 19th Century or early 20th Century. The value of these has been undercut by relatively low end basses imported from China. There are only a handful of luthiers making mid range basses but several very good bow makers. There are only about 40 or so fully employed bass players in our symphony, opera and ballet, and chamber orchestras. This is where most of the high end basses are owned. Our young professionals are probably looking towards the UK for higher end basses because times have been tough there. I formed the opinion that I was going to get "more bang for my buck" in the US in my price range, $25 - 30K, and I think I did well. I still think you have much more choice at a reasonable cost in the States.
Last edited by David Potts : 12-03-2013 at 05:43 PM.