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Richard Simon 02-06-2014 12:27 AM

1930s Czech flatback - must sell
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Traded for this bass via TB late last year.

Another bass has been offered to me, so I'm looking to sell this one.

Before my purchase of it, its broken neck was repaired with a bolt, and its two long cracks on the top were cleated and glued. During shipping, the glued repair around the heel of the neck separated slightly - about the width of a business card.
The bass is playable, and the bolt is holding; the narrow space in the neck repair just wants clamping and re-gluing.

You're still getting aged wood and old-school craftsmanship - with the warmth and depth you hear on classic recordings.

Label inside reads:

"Copy of
Antonio Stradivarius
Made in Czecho Slovakia"

Fully carved - genuine spruce top, maple sides and back (no plywood, no laminate)

New features: new ebony fingerboard, new sound post, new end pin, adjustable bridge.


- Upper bout 20 1/8"
- C bout 14 7/8"
- Rib depth 8 1/2"
- Body length 43 1/2"
- String length 41 1/2"
- Eb neck

This bass is punchy - and LOUD!

Good growl for jazz pizz on the low end, and cello-like clarity with the bow.

Currently strung with very fresh Spirocore Orchestra gauge (red silk ends)

Original tuners, scroll, neck and body. The back is practically perfect.


- a spare bridge
- wheel (which will need a bigger shaft to fit the new, wider end pin)
- German bow (student level)
- rock stop to hold the point of the end pin on slippery floors or protect good carpets
- UNDERWOOD pick-up - some jazz players' favorite - a $200 value

Asking $2500 if you pick it up in Los Angeles, or $3,000 if you want it shipped to a US destination.

Richard Simon 02-06-2014 07:23 AM

reduced price - now $2,500 picked up, or $3,000 shipped

Chris Fitzgerald 02-06-2014 09:09 AM

Only one bump per 24 hours is allowed in FS threads, as per the forum rules.

Richard Simon 02-06-2014 09:17 AM


Didn't mean to violate the rules...
Thought I had posted only a single "bump": in trying to sell the bass ASAP, I listed the bass first and then "bumped" it down in price.

frebassist 02-06-2014 09:28 AM

Man, that's a beautiful stain, Richard! Lovely bass--wish I was in the market for an upgrade to my plywood. :)

Sam Sherry 02-06-2014 01:07 PM

PM sent

Richard Simon 02-07-2014 07:38 PM

on second thought...
A friend of a potential buyer came by tonight to play it.

He pointed out things I knew needed to be addressed - the neck joint, first and foremost - but also things I had overlooked, such as the height of the nut, the inadequacy of the bridge, the need to dress the fingerboard.

He plucked and bowed and raved about the sound. It wasn't that I was jealous of his chops, or suddenly possessive of the instrument I had only owned for a few months. Other than a couple of brief sound clips in the original ad, this was the first time I was able to hear the bass, up-close-and-personal.

I yak it up here to share a learning experience and cautionary tale. Before you sell your bass, have someone else play it - someone who plays better than you, who has the eyes and ears of experience you may have (or lack), and someone who is not personally invested in driving down the price - because he already owns a quality bass.

I decided not to sell.

Thanks to Sam, D.Fly and Bruce for entertaining the thought.
Had you ponied up the cash right away, you'd be the one swooning over this bass - and I'd be crying in my root beer.

Keep swingin', everyone.


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