Starting to play upright. Is this bass good to start with?

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  1. DerrickShaney

    DerrickShaney

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    I an electric bass player looking to begin learning upright. I have been searching for a reasonably priced bass to start with. I want something that is not going to be hard to play and will hold up with my bluegrass band. I have recently come across this CL posting and have been thinking about purchasing this bass. Can anybody give me advice as to whether this is a good deal or good quality bass to start with. It is a 1947 Kay for $1000. Posting is below with pics and info.

    Thanks!

    http://stcloud.craigslist.org/msg/4358652192.html
     
  2. FatBoutedGirls

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    The H-10 designates a 1/4 sized bass with a 35 1/2 inch scale. The most common double bass is a 3/4 size with around a 42 inch scale. Unless you are a very small person I wouldn't recommend it.
     
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    From a COMPLETELY-uncredited-from-the-DB-side perspective, what she said.
    Also, nice username.
    :)
     
  4. DerrickShaney

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    What are the negatives about playing with a smaller scale? Would it be debilitating to my learning? I feel like it might be better to start with one of these as it would be cheaper and more portable. I am a taller guy though so I would need to extend the pin. What are the pros/cons of a 3/4 vs 1/4 I am looking to mainly play bluegrass with it. Thanks!!
     
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  6. MostlyBass

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    How tall are you?
    Usually by the time students are in 7th or 8th grade they're ready for a 1/2 size.
     
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    If you're over 5'6" there's no reason not to use a 3/4 bass. Small basses sound lousy and don't have the same resale value. If you want to play, play the real thing.
     
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    I'd second everyone's recommendation to get a "standard" 3/4 size bass. Especially if you're 6' 2".

    1) No matter what instrument you get, you're going to want a reputable shop to check it out.

    2) If you buy this smaller bass and you're serious about upright, you'll just need to turn around a sell it.

    3) You'll need a teacher, and he / she will likely be playing a 3/4 size, which will help you to "mirror" their ergonomics. The ergo is tough enough with a 3/4 sizeĀ… you don't want the smaller size working against you.

    I'd recommend finding a teacher FIRST, then having him / her help you find and instrumentĀ… maybe from one of their students upgrading from plywood.

    4) You should be able to find a decent plywood 3/4 size for 1K, maybe even including setup, if you're able to look around, wait, and pounce when one comes up.
     
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    The crippling lack of volume and low end response would be your primary problem. I once played one of those fun-size Kays in a jam with a young lady playing an upright piano. I was inaudible.

    The secondary problem is that you'd look like a dork playing it.

    Problems three to infinity have to do with the inherent design and construction problems Kays have, a likely history of poor maintenance, the fact that it's a deteriorating older cheapo plywood bass, the seller's optimistic asking price for that bass...
     
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    These are the things I was needing to hear. Thanks for all the info folks!
     
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    I didn't want to say it...

    Pretty sure that's the real determining factor.
     

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