Time to Buy Instead of Rent, So Which One?

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by Gymbal31, Jan 24, 2014.


  1. Gymbal31

    Gymbal31

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    I've been renting a bass, playing with a bluegrass band. Almost all pizz. There are three used basses for sale in my area, all well within my price range ($1000 - $1300).

    Shen SB80 for $1000.

    Roth from around 1970 for $1300

    E. R. Schmidt model 60, serial number 10108 for $1200

    I'll be seeing them in person this weekend.

    I've read all the "Buying a Bass" threads and much of what's available on each of the brands. I could use some thoughts and/or opinions on any or all three based on your experiences.

    Thanks!
  2. Steve Swan

    Steve Swan

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    If the Roth has a commonly encountered 40 1/2" string length, it may not have the power and punch to keep up with a loud banjo in a bluegrass band.
  3. Gymbal31

    Gymbal31

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    Good thought. Never would have thought of that myself. I'll take a cloth tape measure with me and check all the string lengths.
  4. RSBBass

    RSBBass

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    I love my SB-80. I haven't played bluegrass with it but I did play for a while with an Irish band (guitar, banjo, mandolin, flute and bass). I had no problem being at a good point in the mix without amplification playing piz.
  5. byrdzeye

    byrdzeye

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    My SB88 (same as the SB80 with an upgraded finish) also keeps up with my band just fine. However, it does have a Full Circle pickup for live gigs that require a bit of added oomph when a PA is used.
  6. Eric Hochberg

    Eric Hochberg

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    The Shen or Roth may suit your purposes. Don't know anything about the Schmidt (Chinese?). Use your ears and make sure they are in good shape.
  7. Gymbal31

    Gymbal31

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    Well, I bought a bass. I had a nice post all written about it and was about to add pictures, but the forum says "You may not post attachments".
  8. byrdzeye

    byrdzeye

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    So, which one did you get? Having fun with it?
  9. Lee Moses

    Lee Moses

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    Yeah, which one? And you can still post your "nice post" with links to the pictures, if you are having trouble attaching them.

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