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Any More Info On Franz Hoffmann (Shar Music) Upright Basses?

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by Desuh, Dec 22, 2016.

  1. Desuh


    May 28, 2011
    Hey y'all!

    I just moved out to Michigan and I'm an a dire need for an upright bass around $1500 after shipping/local pickup and I've stumbled across a couple of Franz Hoffmann upright basses, one of the lowest (Amadeus) model for $1000,

    Franz Hoffmann® Amadeus Bass Outfit - 3/4 size

    and one of the slightly higher (prelude) model for $1300.

    Franz Hoffman® Prelude Bass - Instrument Only - 3/4 size

    I know that Thompson basses are made in China (which i know isn't always necessarily a bad thing) and set up at SHAR Music in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I've read that the basses may be Christopher brand upright basses with a different label slapped on it. However, I've scoured all over Talkbass and haven't found much other info on them, although all the info I've seen has been positive.

    Can anyone offer more insight in grabbing one of these basses or a shop to check for basses in that range? I'd love a $2500 Kay but i just dont have the money for that. Any info is appreciated!
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2016
  2. As far as I know, these are not Thompson basses. Thompson is the house brand of the String Emporium. The ones I've seen have been good value for what they are and the setups have been good. Steve is a good guy to deal with, although he can be hard to reach at times.


    Sorry, I don't know anything about the basses in your links above, but I would recommend the Thompsons from the String Emporium.
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  3. lurk


    Dec 2, 2009
    I teach at a community college and get a lot of students who are making the switch to upright from electric and have purchased inexpensive basses. The best I've played are the instruments from the String Emporium and Gollihur; nicely set up, good sounding, and seemingly solid enough to last a while. Great value both IMO.
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  4. Desuh


    May 28, 2011
    Just making sure, those are the Thompson basses for string emporium and the Estle Louis basses for Gollihur?
  5. Desuh


    May 28, 2011
    Also sorry! I didnt notice that I was asking about the wrong brand. Heard of anyone using Franz Hoffmann basses? They're supposed to be like the Christopher brand basses. I'm starting community college and need an upright bass, so you're the perfect person to ask haha.
  6. Josh Kneisel

    Josh Kneisel

    Jun 17, 2016
    I have a Thompson from String Emporium they are great instruments for the price. Basically, a Shen knock off that plays better that a Shen. I know nothing about the ones you posted... I would suggest playing one before buying.
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  7. lurk


    Dec 2, 2009
    Yes. From what I've been told, very nice people when you phone, too.
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  8. Mark Gollihur

    Mark Gollihur Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 19, 2000
    Mullica Hill, NJ
    Owner/President, Gollihur Music LLC
    And some are even on Talkbass! :smug:
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  9. bradd


    Jan 27, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN
    Hoffmanns are not rebranded Christophers, at least not the models I've seen. I would pass on any Hoffmann.
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  10. Desuh


    May 28, 2011
    I'm in love with your basses, i just cant afford the shipping right now. I wish you could do payment plans, I'd be all over it haha!

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