How long will this bass do the job -- Shen 180
Hi everyone --
I'm new here. My son is the player. He's 12, and been taking playing for close to 3 years with school orchestras. He's been taking serious lessons for about a year with a good symph bassist. He just made one of our local youth orchestras, so he's flying high, playing well, listening and, in short, having a blast.
Anywho, after a few rentals, we're considering/trying out a 7 year old Shen 180. He loves the instrument, it's a appropriate price (about $1700) for it's condition (very nice, except for some nicks). So, that's all good.
My question to the collective wisdom: How long until he needs to "upgrade" this instrument, if he stays serious and, as he states now, intends be an orchestral musician? What type of instrument is expected for conservatory auditions/serious orchestral study (interlochen later, that kind of thing.)
Thanks in advance!
(Caveat: his mother and I have 3 music degrees between us, and don't expect him to focus so intently on music training that he has no marketable skills, regardless of his musical skill!)
Last edited by doublebassdad : 02-28-2012 at 03:32 PM.