|Exemonium ||12-18-2012 08:41 AM |
Help selecting first upright...
I just lost a gig playing for a theatre because I didn't also play upright bass. It was requested for 2 songs in a 30 song show...but I guess it is what it is.
That being said, I need an upright bass to learn and play! I have a Guitar Center discount and see they sell uprights now. I was wondering if someone could guide me as to what would be a nice intermediate upright I could start with. I'm by no means well off financially which is why I feel this would be my best route. I don't need something high end, but I would like something that's not junk and that I won't be embarrassed to gig with.
Also, what about these places that rent the student quality ones, any opinions there?
Any and all help would be appreciated.
|Jason Sypher ||12-18-2012 08:57 AM |
Look for a Shen. It's a decent entry level instrument. After you purchase one, have it set up correctly by a reputable BASS SHOP. Done deal.
|MaxJohnson ||12-18-2012 09:27 AM |
I agree with Jason. Many known bass shops sell Shen's with a full setup with bridge adjusters and a real fingerboard.
|Fretless55 ||12-18-2012 09:28 AM |
Not to sound like a snob, but...
You're honestly not going to find a worthwhile DB at Guitar Center.
|Exemonium ||12-18-2012 09:34 AM |
I agree. But I'm thinking at my income level the dB's they sell with my cost might beat what I can afford elsewhere at full price. They do sell band and orchestra stuff now. Figure maybe could get me through til I can afford and be skilled enough for a higher end one
|TroyK ||12-18-2012 09:40 AM |
I don't know anything about the basses that GC sells or who sets them up, if you can find someone to go with you to check them out, it would make a difference. Aside from that, you're listing some pretty big markets, find the place that sells/rents orchestra instruments and teaches high school kids. Someplace like Long and McQuade in Canada or Brook Mays in Texas. They'll have functional student instruments and some type of experienced luthery help.
If you were in Seattle, I'd be happy to go with you to check them out, maybe someone in your area(s) will.
|Exemonium ||12-18-2012 09:49 AM |
Sadly GC only sells them online. But there is a place that rents out here. I'm going to check them out. Hopefully they'll have the bass brand suggested in this thread. It's too bad that the woodwind and Brasswind that was in South Bend which is nearby me has closed
|MostlyBass ||12-18-2012 09:56 AM |
Your location says Chicago and Kalamazoo.
For the Chicago area see Michele at Classic Contrabass at http://www.allthingsbass.com
She sells Shens and sets every one up before it leaves her shop.
In Michigan I'd contact Aaron Reiley of Aaron's Instruments.
|Exemonium ||12-18-2012 10:03 AM |
Awesome thanks. I'm south bend, in as my base. But travel out somewhat regularly. I should change that.
|the_stone ||12-18-2012 10:07 AM |
Something to keep in mind that usually gets brought up at some point or another regarding these questions: for a lot of the low-cost basses out there being sold, the amount of money you will have to spend after the initial purchase just to get the bass set up so that it's both gig-worthy and you won't injure yourself trying to play it can add up to the point where you're really better off buying a slightly more expensive but better quality bass.
There's been a few recent threads on this subject, but definitely take the advice of the other guys who have and will chime in on this subject.
|MostlyBass ||12-18-2012 10:07 AM |
I would make the drive to Classic Contrabass in Wheeling
. Her setup Shen basses are excellent. Several of my students and my school has purchased her instruments.
Aaron is an amazing luthier (he's the son of Steven Reiley and was won awards at ISB conventions for his instruments) but I don't know if he carries Shens as extensively as Michele.
|Exemonium ||12-18-2012 10:23 AM |
Cheapest sten these guys had was. $3800. But custom setup and payment plans. Was hoping for a tad cheaper. I may take that drive after the holidays.
|MostlyBass ||12-18-2012 10:24 AM |
Michele's are around 1700ish fully setup. Give her a call.
|jmacdbass ||12-18-2012 10:31 AM |
you can find used christophers in the 1000$ range on craigslist
similar to the shen, good, if not great entry level bass, I am using one and just sold 2 others this year while waiting for upton to finish my bass
orchestra, jazz, whatever, pretty consistent
not perfect or awesome, just works
|MostlyBass ||12-18-2012 10:39 AM |
Christophers were suggested to another bassist in a similar thread. I have a Christopher and a Shen here at the middle school I teach at. The Shen is much better. The Christopher has thick lacquer which has flaked off the and the bridge seems to be made of a lesser quality and softer maple which has not withstood the test of time. The overall production on the Shen is better as well as sounding richer.
Please ask away! As a classical bassist and orchestra director I see a lot of basses!!!
|Exemonium ||12-18-2012 10:56 AM |
OK wow. Not as bad as I was fearing for cost. Sadly I'd have to do a payment plan. That's why I was originally attracted to the rent to own plans
|Jason Sypher ||12-18-2012 11:02 AM |
Find someone who will accept paypal and put it on the credit card.
|drurb ||12-18-2012 02:22 PM |
You've gotten some fine advice but reading THIS
is a good first step. :)
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