Upgrading the Back

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by NicholasF, Feb 28, 2014.


  1. NicholasF

    NicholasF Guest

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    Currently I have an Upton Gary Karr hybrid that I am totally in love with. I have the cash to upgrade and put a carved back on (i want plywood sides for the intense winters of potsdam)

    Do you guys think it will be worth it? (For feel it is to me, I just am totally in love)

    Will it be a candidate for a low c extension?

    Will it be bad for my bass?

    On a different note I'm also looking to upgrade my endpin, I am a strange hight and seated it doesn't help. Do people play bent endpin seated? Can I get a custom endpin made?
  2. hdiddy

    hdiddy Official Forum Flunkee Supporting Member

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    How much? You can't assume it's going to sound the same, or better after having it done. Yes it's a possibility, but things could also change in ways you didn't expect.

    IMO, if it ain't broke...
  3. Eric Hochberg

    Eric Hochberg

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    If you're "totally in love" with it now, leave it as is! Maybe Upton has a fully carved Karr model to compare or can tell you if anyone in your area has one.
  4. drurb

    drurb Oracle, Ancient Order of Rass Hattur; Mem. #1, EPC Supporting Member

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    Stop right there. :)

    +1

    +1 again
  5. NicholasF

    NicholasF Guest

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    Guess who's going to be going with a new concord :)
  6. Jeremy Darrow

    Jeremy Darrow

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    Love can be so fleeting...

    Enjoy the new bass!
  7. NicholasF

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    Thanks, I'm going to plan it to be made in the image of the Karr. Just the bigger body, fully carved, and more of what I need
  8. NicholasF

    NicholasF Guest

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    Once I read this it changed my mind, from the bass. I do love the instrument, but if I do something that
    A) Ruins the instrument
    B) Ruins it for the person after me
    C) Makes me hate it

    then honestly I do not want to do that. Thank you hdiddy, believe it or not you saved an innocent instrument from my selfishness. A new instrument means that someone else will be able to enjoy it, and I can still get the sound qualities that I want.
  9. Eric Hochberg

    Eric Hochberg

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    How do you know you will like the new bass as much as the Karr? What's wrong with the Karr that needs addressing with a new bass?
  10. hdiddy

    hdiddy Official Forum Flunkee Supporting Member

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    My job here is done. :bassist:

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