Thomann 3/4 by Strunal.
Are these any good for jazz?
I'm on a tight budget, and even this at this price it is a bit of a stretch for me. But i feel that it's time to actually get myself at least a half-decent upright, Seeing as my current one feels like it's about to fall apart at any moment.
And before anyone tries to burn me at the stake. I've already done a search.
I'd reply in finnish, but that IME literally gets one burned on a stake :).
Any bass is good for jazz, jazz is where the... You know ;).
Your search probably revealed that Mikman http://www.talkbass.com/forum/member.php?u=112313 is the TB Thomann bass guru. I haven't seen him advice against it, so PM'ing him would probably be the quickest route.
If that's the same bass my predecessor in the now retired Diesel-Band had (sure looks like it, I wasn't overly impressed when I quickly tried it.
I'm used to the "skinny" triangular neck and the Bomberg bevel on my Eastern block (most likely) BSO, so that may have a lot to do with it.
As well as the fact that I'm really a BG player and just a DB DIYholic and tinkerer.
Can't really play DB worth a crap. Really.
Doesn't stop me though, or even slow me down.
What's so wrong with Your current bass, it can't be that bad?
If it's really bad, and priced accordingly, PM me ;).
If you still want it, send e a pm.
I have a Strunal 50/4 Blonde (must be similar to the one you show) and I use it for everything from jazz to bluegrass. Of course I never asked if it was OK, I just did it.
If you want my $0.01 advice this bass is a decent instrument, probably representing the best value for money double bass in the European market.
If you need a work horse, strong, robust and almost unaffected by the weather conditions of your country buy it.
Thanks for all the help. I'll be getting this bass sometime soon.
These buy price for these kinds of basses is much higher here in Canada.
Seems like a good deal. Factor in some extra money for a better setup by a local luthier perhaps better strings, and gig bag, bow, pickup, bass wheel etc.
Actually Strunals are much better than the present day Engelhardts, since they feature a very good neck in the proper thickness and a very resonant laminated body.
Strunal's luthiers also make the 5/8 series, fully carved roundback basses with excellent tonewood in reasonable prices. I have one of them in my hands now performing a thorough set up and i'm impressed for one more time. The company now offers lower prices if you buy directly from the factory, something particularly good for the present days!
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