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Old 11-21-2012, 06:47 PM
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Impossible question!

As some of you know i sold most of my gear off a few months back to fund my wifes maternity leave. And now with income tax coming around the corner my wife has offered me the money to replace gear.

So here is where it all gets complicated! I sold vintage tube amps, basses, and a upright i had for a very short time. And now with this offer i dont know what to get!

I kept my favorite amp (Bassman 20) and my favorite bass (VM mustang). Wich are more than enough for a hobbist like me! But i do have a wish list LOL.

Custom bass from Grove gitars
American made fender bass
Custom 1x15 or 2x12
Micro ss head and cab
Upright bass

So i imagine i will have about 2 grand. So i could do custom bass and micro rig. Or custom cab and used American bass. Or find more cool used and vintage gear. Or buy a decent upright?

I do miss my upright. Although i spent very little time with it and didnt know what i was doing it was a blast!

So should i get another upright? Or replensh my electric gear?
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Go with the electric stuff, it'll get more use. Pick up a decent used MIA P or J, and then reevaluate your next step. Maybe some pedals?
Instead of the upright, pick up a cheap fretless or acoustic fretless.
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:29 PM
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Look for some deals on good used electric gear.
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:40 PM
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Look for some deals on good used electric gear.
+1 You gotta do what you gotta do but this was my first thought.
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:55 PM
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If you really use the upright, it's not something you can duplicate with an electric and maybe you should go that way.

If not, I'd put it off for the time being and go with the micro rig; a Genz-Benz Shuttle 6.0 combo with the 12" speaker would be ideal, and buying used would leave you room for a nice electric which has a different sound than the VM Mustang.
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:53 PM
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Upright is pretty high on my list! And being i play mostly acoustic folk country stuff it is most often expected.

As for the micro rig i was thinking Carvin bx250 and 2x10 or GK mb200 and 1x12 or 2x10.
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:44 PM
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If there's any possible way to do it, try the Genz-Benz Shuttle series before you buy anything else. My Shuttle 6.0 amp is 3.75 pounds, puts out 375W peak into 8 ohms, 600W peak into 4 ohms. Weight docked on a 12" speaker is 32 pounds - total. And it sounds formidable. For me it was love at first listening.

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Old 11-21-2012, 10:12 PM
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Sounds like you have enough electric gear for what you're doing now - buying more is just GAS. Getting another upright if you're into it sounds like the best use of your time, no?
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Old 11-22-2012, 06:21 AM
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What do you need the stuff FOR? Do you play with a band? Do you gig? Or is this just for playing for yourself at home? If it's for a band and gigging, I'd focus on amps, because the bassman 20 isn't going to get you too far. If it's for your enjoyment at home, I'd go for the upright, because a) that's what you seem to have the most emotional response to and b) for personal satisfaction, I'd go for variety rather than upgrading. But that's my reaction. Have fun spending your money!
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because of your post, i have just quit my band! the truth is liberating! infact,... i think i'm about to leave my wife!!! and move to Canada!!!! and buy a boat!!!!!
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Old 11-22-2012, 08:06 AM
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Mostly acoustic jams. A couple open mics here and there. I Mic my Bassman 20 for the open mics. Hoping to get a folk project going in the upcoming year!
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Old 11-22-2012, 03:10 PM
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Sounds like you have enough electric gear for what you're doing now - buying more is just GAS. Getting another upright if you're into it sounds like the best use of your time, no?
That's what I am thinking also. But man you can get so much great gear for the price of a decent starter upright.
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Old 11-22-2012, 06:51 PM
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That's what I am thinking also. But man you can get so much great gear for the price of a decent starter upright.
A new Engelhardt costs $1300 these days, I paid about a grand five years ago or so. I'd not bother with anything below that. Maybe find one used?

EDIT> You can get 15% off and free shipping at wwbw.com .
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Old 11-22-2012, 06:59 PM
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I have been looking at the engel's on line. Seems no shopsaround here carry them. They all push the Shen uprights. And i love the look of that Shen sb90. But thats $1700
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I have been looking at the engel's on line. Seems no shopsaround here carry them. They all push the Shen uprights. And i love the look of that Shen sb90. But thats $1700
I think the Engelhardt is more robust than most others - important if you want to go to bluegrass jams with it or whatever. The Shen might sound better but the Engelhardt (formerly Kay) is plenty good enough for most gigs. The Engelhardt is also made in the USA if you care about that .
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Old 11-22-2012, 07:19 PM
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More i read the more i am confused!

Yeah i am asking some questions over on the dark side too!LOL
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Old 11-22-2012, 07:20 PM
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Carvin makes great, inexpensive, giggable combo amps.

If you're actually going to play double bass, as above, you really can't duplicate that tone exactly, even with a block of foam under the strings at the bridge on a MIA P-bass.

Go over to the DB side and there are stickies about shopping for a double bass that have great advice. But expect to use almost all of your budget to get one that is giggable out of the box from a reputable dealer.
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Old 11-23-2012, 05:24 PM
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Carvin makes great, inexpensive, giggable combo amps.

If you're actually going to play double bass, as above, you really can't duplicate that tone exactly, even with a block of foam under the strings at the bridge on a MIA P-bass.

Go over to the DB side and there are stickies about shopping for a double bass that have great advice. But expect to use almost all of your budget to get one that is giggable out of the box from a reputable dealer.
Yeah I have been over there. Even posted a big question over there if you look at the post above yours.
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Old 11-23-2012, 05:38 PM
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Upright, and get a few lessons! I have two friends with the entry level Englehardts and have played both a fair amount. They are quite different from each other, but I could gig either one pretty happily as long as jazz solos weren't a big part of the gig, and both are very pretty. The Shen I've played was in another world from either, but cost like it as well.

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Old 11-23-2012, 07:36 PM
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Upright, and get a few lessons! I have two friends with the entry level Englehardts and have played both a fair amount. They are quite different from each other, but I could gig either one pretty happily as long as jazz solos weren't a big part of the gig, and both are very pretty. The Shen I've played was in another world from either, but cost like it as well.
Lessons are a must!
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