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1992 Eberhard Meinel / Fully-Carved 3/4 Bass

Discussion in 'For Sale: Double Basses' started by Stev187, Oct 20, 2013.


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  1. Stev187

    Stev187 Peavey MegaBass Club!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Toledo, OH
    $2,300. SOLD 3/4 Fully-carved Markneukirchen factory bass with gamba corners and round back; made in 1992; very good condition; recent repairs, setup, and new Helicore Hybrid strings; located one hour north of Detroit, MI, USA.

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    It sounds like a marketing ploy, but I think you'll agree that I have priced this to move. The price is firm, as I have priced it much lower than I have seen for this same bass in the inventory of US shops; if I can't get this price, I will hang on to it or loan it to a local school, as I believe it is worth much more. Because I am a private party without overhead to cover, I thought I'd put the price to the lowest reasonable spot and go from there.

    I found this bass for a very talented electric bass student that I had hoped to lure to the DB side. I let him play it for 6 months, and sadly he didn't take the bait. The label inside the bass says the following in German (I've translated to English):
    Built under the guidance of the master Eberhard Meinel in the masterpiece sites 'Musima' musical instrument making Gmbh Markneukirchen.​

    So it's a factory bass made in the Musima factory after German unification in Markneukirchen (the date 10 March 1992 is stamped inside the instrument). Here are the measurements:

    String Length: 41.5"
    Body Length: 44"
    Upper Bouts: 21"
    Lower Bouts: 26.25"
    Center Bouts: 15.25"

    The bass has gamba corners, a round back, moderately flamed maple on the sides and neck (very attractive). The top is a wide-grain spruce and the varnish is orange. The scroll on this bass is very large and attractive; the plate tuners are solid and hold tune very well.

    Before I found the instrument, it was owned by a single player who used it for high school and college orchestra. The bass was recently professionally set up with the following repairs/adjustments: fingerboard dressing; bridge re-shaped; bridge adjusters installed; new end pin and cable; light varnish touch-up from normal wear; Helicore Hybrid strings installed. All this work was performed by bass luthier Mark Schwartz in Flint, MI. Mark is a bassist himself, owns a fine violin repair business, and does regular work for the Interlochen music school.

    This would be a great first carved bass for a promising player or an excellent school bass. This is what I hope happens to the instrument. It has a nice warm tone and would do fine for orchestral or jazz playing. Sound samples available upon request (if you can put up with my lousy pizz and arco playing--I've been away from double bass for a long time).

    The bass comes with a fairly thin but serviceable bag with a bow pockets, etc. I don't see a brand name on it, but it's similar to a Knilling bag I had many years ago. Light colored (grey?) nylon with soft interior.

    --Steve

    Photos below (view them all in high res here: http://tinyurl.com/mogzupt)

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    Photos from inside the bass:

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  2. Ryker_M

    Ryker_M

    May 10, 2012
    London, Ontario
    Sending PM promptly! I'm really interested in this fine specimen of a bass.
     
  3. Stev187

    Stev187 Peavey MegaBass Club!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Toledo, OH
    A few updates I have been telling people individually; rather than type it over and over, here they are:
    1. This bass has a D neck. I meant to put that in the original post and forgot.
    2. The bass also had 2 minor seam separations repaired 6 months ago. One was on the lower bout, the other on the upper bout. Both were very slight (no cracked wood or anything, just a slight opening at the seam) and they were repaired by Mark Schwartz, the bass luthier who did the setup--all done professionally with hide glue, etc. No issues at all with these repairs--the bass is super solid.
    3. I have a number of serious inquiries, so I think the bass is going this week.
    4. The bass looks a lot more "orange" in these photos than it does in real life. I think that's the lighting in my house.
    --Steve
     
  4. Stev187

    Stev187 Peavey MegaBass Club!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Toledo, OH
    This bass is still available, but probably not for long. Sound clips available upon request.

    --Steve
     
  5. Stev187

    Stev187 Peavey MegaBass Club!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Toledo, OH
    And this one is SOLD, pending delivery to the Hoosier state.

    --Steve
     

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