Got My first DB today.

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by Thrillhouse, Dec 14, 2013.


  1. Thrillhouse

    Thrillhouse Supporting Member

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    Chicago, IL
    I've been playing bass guitar for about 15 years but this is my first venture into the world of DB. I picked it up from Michelle Fiore who I'm sure many of you in the Chicagoland area are familiar with. She was incredibly helpful and a real pleasure to do business with (not to mention she really knows her stuff about double bass).

    The bass is a Shen SB80 strung with Obligatos. I'm digging it so far but am definitely going to be looking into a few lessons after the holidays are over to at least get my technique in order.

    The pic sucks but its all I have for now.

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  2. calypsocoral302

    calypsocoral302

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    Not a bad choice at all! Best of luck in your new venture!
  3. Thrillhouse

    Thrillhouse Supporting Member

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    Thanks. I did much research and Shen seemed to be the way to go considering my limited budget (I have also read nothing but praise for them).
  4. Lee Moses

    Lee Moses

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    Congrats! I'm not exactly a new entry into the DB world, but a relatively new re-entry after 15 years away, and I also went with a Shen. I'm very happy with my choice, and I am sure you will be for a good while.
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  6. byrdzeye

    byrdzeye

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    Toronto, ON
    Welcome to the Shen club! I've just finished a practice session with my new-to-me 6 month old SB88, originally from Upton. I've played EB for over 50 years, and am just loving the upright. And yes, I will also be having a few "proper" lessons on it.
  7. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member

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    Congrats! I played a SB80 in Michelle's shop a few years ago, and was pleased with it, though I was looking for something else at the time.
  8. BrettBelanger

    BrettBelanger

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    Charleston, SC
    Congratulations and good choice! I started with an SB80 a few years ago and loved it, it makes a great first bass especially if well set up. I now have a Shen Sb 200 Willow 7/8 and it's also a great instrument.
  9. Thrillhouse

    Thrillhouse Supporting Member

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    Chicago, IL
    Thanks guys, looks like there is plenty of Shen love to go 'round on TB. I'm really digging the bass so far. I haven't touched my electrics since I got it and I'm in the middle of writing a bunch of new material for one of my bands. I sense quite a few acoustic songs in the near future...
  10. jake3

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    seems like a really good choice, and you won't regret it. I love playing bass guitar but playing double bass is just special. I agree that having at least some lessons is a good idea - the technique is really different from BG. The Shens are very nice from all I've seen and heard.
  11. Lucky Strike

    Lucky Strike

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    Upland, California
    I'm a noob with a Shen SB100, love this bass.

    Like buttah...
  12. MostlyBass

    MostlyBass Supporting Member

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    Oak Park, IL
    Nice! As I live in the Chicago area I always recommend Michelle. She sets each bass up great and is a wonderful person to do business with.
  13. geoffbassist

    geoffbassist UK Double Bassist Supporting Member

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    Leeds, UK
    Great choice of bass and I love Obligato strings. Enjoy your new instrument and good luck with the lessons. A few technique lessons from a good teacher is the best thing you could do and will really help you get started. I bet you will be transferring over a lot of the music you can play on bass guitar before you know it.

    Welcome to the DB club :)

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