This was an estate bass I bought from the grandson of a player.
It had not been played in over 10 years. It was fully restored and came out great!
I restored the price to the original price.
I created a You Tube Video. Please note that I created it using an IPAD with a ribbon mic that is not a mic for bass.
It sounds much deeper in person. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4depK-GN8k
When I get my Kolstein Registered Bow I'll redo the video.
It appears this bass belonged to Buddy Burns, an all star Dixieland Jazz Player. He played
with Louis Armstrong.
Over 10 years ago the back was removed and all the cracks cleaned up and cleated. All the cracks remained solid, it was great wood. He also replaced the old bracing with X cross bracing which is more modern, transfers tone faster, and is less subject to cracks. It appears a new ebony fingerboard was installed.
However, many parts were missing or needed adjustment.
I used only top of line, new technology parts and had the best setup you can get in California.
The fingerboard was expertly dressed, you can play jazz with low action without any buzzes or raise it for a bow.
The old seasoned bridge had adjusters installed and micro work to match the shape of the fingerboard.
A new Harp Style, Low Mass Rosewood Tail Piece was installed with a Kevlar Gut tail piece "wire" for greater flexibility and natural adjustments of the strings. It's beautiful. The Kevlar is much lighter than aircraft cable allowing for more vibrations while being incredibly strong. Thus, the Tail Piece and Wire are new technology.
A new high end endpin was installed with a screw off carbin tip end or use the rubber crutch tip. Ancient sound post adjusted and a great setup completed. It needs nothing.
It has new Eva Pirazzas installed.
The String Length is 41.5"
The Maximum width of the lower bought is 26", 8.5" depth to the ribs.
It has an Eb neck.
It has a great sound, arco or pizzicato throughout it's range. It is getting louder and more responsive every day after a decade or more of being unplayed. If you stand in front of it, pizzacatto feels like a punch in the stomach. Arco speaks very easily, a low fat E string with excellent highs.
Great for jazz or classical work.
Cosmetics aren't great. There were high end repairs to a non functional part of the scroll at some point and a neck expertly repaired. All repairs are rock solid. I may get it refinished, but then the price will go up. It did have many cracks but as I said, even after a decade they are rock solid.
There's no substitute in tone for 100+ years of aging as wood starts to crystallize after 100 years making the tone more interesting.
It's located in Davis, CA. Southwest flies to Sacramento if you want to get a cheap flight and I'd pick you up at the airport.
I'm sorry but I've been told to price my bass at least $7,500. On consignment it will go for $12K. I will be getting a box and will ship at cost, figure $400ish, depending how far from California you are. However I restored the original price, $5,999. I've been murdered on the market so it's a great price. A low hassle
Frankly, it compares to my Pedegree Italian Ferratti 1930 Bass appraised at $45K, with powerful fundamentals, a great low E string and sings up the neck.
This is a great deal for a great playing, great sounding bass.
I took some pictures with my IPHONE and they are on a craigslist ad. http://sacramento.craigslist.org/msg/3995448375.html
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