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A new La Scala needs a name!

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by E.P. Miller, Mar 15, 2009.


  1. E.P. Miller

    E.P. Miller Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2008
    Nashville
    For out-of-town engagements, I prefer laminate basses for the most obvious reason: resilient construction. However I have never been enamored with either the playability or tone of any laminate bass I have owned. And I've owned quite a few. To be fair, I'm difficult to please. To be exact, I've thrown thousands of dollars at basses to make them play and sound their best. In many cases, it helped. But, as the saying goes, you can put lipstick on a pig...

    By chance, I was able to play a laminate New Standard La Scala last year. I was immediately struck by the playability and sound of the instrument. It sounded nearly as good as my old carved instrument. This ate at me for some time.

    In truth, I was ready to buy a La Scala five minutes after I played one last year. But hey, $4500 is a lot of scratch regardless of what it's for these days. And, I reasoned that just because the one-night stand with someone else's La Scala left me satisfied didn't mean that the gal I'd end up with would do the same.

    Alas, I'm a gambling man. Couple that with the fact that my carved instrument is being restored, and my other laminate needed to go under the knife for a new fingerboard, I took the plunge.

    A big thanks to larry, salcott, marvin spangles, mburd, T-Bal and Marcus Johnson for their La Scala insights.

    I could go into great detail about the overall attention to detail, the beautiful varnish work Wil did, Arnold's fantastic set up (probably the best I've had), and the unbelievably good tone of this instrument so early in its life. Why bother? You've already heard it a million times from other players here on TB. Let's look at porn instead! What shall I name this little broad?
     
  2. E.P. Miller

    E.P. Miller Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2008
    Nashville
    Front.

    Flame.

    Back.
     
  3. hdiddy

    hdiddy Official Forum Flunkee Supporting Member

    Mar 16, 2004
    Richmond, CA
    "Your new bass"? :p
     
  4. She looks beautiful. Congratulations. Did you say something to offend her I am a little worried that she is sulking in the corner. Enjoy and let us know how she shapes up.
     
  5. MollyKay

    MollyKay

    Sep 10, 2006
    Southern PA
    Bass Hobby'ist
    Well since it is a female bass (it has tips) how about…

    Dream-a
    Darling Cory
    Anna Bell
    Bertha
    Ophelia
    Rosa lee
    Hazel
    Mona
    Beulah
    Bessie


    …I can keep going on. :)

    We name all out basses. Maestro shapes are girls, Gamba shapes are boys :D

    Beautiful bass BTW :hyper:
     
  6. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    That's a pretty lady. :)
     
  7. TroyK

    TroyK Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    Lydia.

    She is a beauty.
     
  8. What a beautiful instrument! See you went with the Evah's :)
    The finish is stunning! Enjoy!


    I'm in trouble then...my Upton Gamba will be in my hands Monday and she's certainly a girl.
     
  9. Joshua

    Joshua WJWJr Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 23, 2000
    Connecticut
    Hawtness!
     
  10. E.P. Miller

    E.P. Miller Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2008
    Nashville
    Come on now, MollyKay. There's no way I'm naming her Bertha.;)

    Let's see. She's has Italian lineage, was born in Germany, and now she's here in the states...

    Marlene (Dietrich)
    Sofia (Loren)
    Lauren (Bacall)

    Don't ask me why they are all actresses from another time. Maybe it's because the majority of the things I play are older than me!

    Yes, after years of Spirocore love, I thought I'd court the Pirazzi strings for a while. Very nice acoustic tone. We'll see how amplification goes...
     
  11. drurb

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

    Apr 17, 2004
    Uh-oh, mine has tips and it's a guy. Seems our basses might grow up with gender issues. Maybe they'll end up in therapy together! :D
     
  12. Marcus Johnson

    Marcus Johnson

    Nov 28, 2001
    Maui
    "The Trixinator".
     
  13. E.P. Miller

    E.P. Miller Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2008
    Nashville
    Quick, get that bass to a luthier for a sex change.
     
  14. salcott

    salcott Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    NYC, Inwood.
    Glad I could be of assistance. Congratulations on a fine instrument.
     
  15. CamMcIntyre

    CamMcIntyre

    Jun 6, 2000
    USA
    Congrats on the La Scala! If I had the money and space, I'd get one to have as a companion to my Cleveland.

    all the best.
     
  16. abaguer

    abaguer

    Nov 27, 2001
    Milford, NJ
    Katarina
    Sofia
    Maria Theresa
     
  17. "Boom-Hilda"
     
  18. bassist14

    bassist14

    Oct 17, 2005
    Germany
    donna lee ?
     
  19. abaguer

    abaguer

    Nov 27, 2001
    Milford, NJ
    Bouillabass:)
     
  20. mchildree

    mchildree Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2000
    AL/GA
    You guys would not believe the bizarre set of circumstances that led me to encounter Trix and this beautimus instrument last Friday night. Had nuthin' to do with music at all....

    Anyway, after having it in my hands for a bit, I can say it's definitely female. A classic, shapely lady but with a wild side...kinda like...Dita Von Teese.

    Me Likee! :hyper:
     

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