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Anyone looking for a good bass?

Discussion in 'DB Classifieds Archive' started by Monte, Apr 29, 2004.

  1. Monte


    Jan 9, 2001
    DFW Area, Tejas
    I talked to the sax player who bought my former bass, and he is looking to
    sell it. He has never had the time for it, and he decided he would rather
    buy a bass clarinet than have the bass sitting in the corner unplayed.

    It is a ~1930 5 string, probably a Juzek or Wilfer Master Art roundback
    gamba according to luthiers who have seen it. It is currently set up as a 4
    string, but if someone wanted a 5, all they would need is a new bridge and
    nut as he still has the original 5 string tailpiece. It is in A+ condition.
    I mean this thing looks as if it has never had a major crack. It looks like
    their was an old repair under the bottom block because the lining is funny
    there, but it is solid and has given no trouble since I bought it in 1996 or
    97. I have never had to repair an open seam or crack, in spite of the fact
    that until 3 years ago I didn't know things like it needed to be humidified
    in the winter, etc. There are some scratches on the side from scraping
    against a piano bench on a crowded bandstand, but it is in good shape with
    original varnish. It has a brand new great ebony fingerboard put on in
    December 2002, and has a fairly new handmade Mike Pecanic Wenge tailpiece
    and Velvet tailpiece cord, and about 2 year old Eudoxa silver wrapped gut
    strings. It is loud and set up for jazz, although I've used it for
    orchestral work as well. A purist may want a new bridge, for looks only. The
    original bridge was re-cut because the new fingerboard was so much thicker,
    he added wood beneath the adjusters and changed the curve. I notice no
    difference in sound, and the only problem is the adjusters are now hard to
    turn. I use a crescent wrench if I need to. It looks typical of the lighter
    colored pre WWII Juzeks.

    I played this bass in February, and it was still in good shape but really
    needed to be played. After a week of playing the sound improved immensely,
    back to what it was before I sold it last summer. I'm going to go over
    Sunday and check it out and make sure it is still in good shape. It was
    humidified, but I think the strings really need replaced. Earl said the G
    string has a buzz, which I think is caused by the winding on the Eudoxa over
    the bridge separating.

    I could have my excellent luthier Rocky Werning convert it back
    to a 5 string for $250-300 to anyone willing to pay for the work.

    Let me know if you know anyone interested. The bass is in Oklahoma City. Earl also has a new decent
    pernambuco German bow that he might include in the sale. He will listen to
    all reasonable offers. He doesn't have e-mail, but I told him I'd help any
    way I can.





  2. Gary C

    Gary C

    Mar 16, 2004
    Canton Oh
    what price range would this be?
  3. Louis90403


    Jul 26, 2002
    i have the same question. :hyper:
  4. Monte


    Jan 9, 2001
    DFW Area, Tejas
    Well, he paid me $6500 total for it last summer, so I imagine that it will be in that neighborhood, but I'll find out for sure.

    The pics make it look a little lighter than it actually is. I'll try to take some digital pics this weekend that show the Wenge tailpiece.

  5. Monte


    Jan 9, 2001
    DFW Area, Tejas
    Something else I forgot to mention is that this bass is an Eb neck (the heel is roughly an Eb on the G string).

    I've owned both and can deal with either, but for some it is a big deal.

  6. ackeim


    Nov 10, 2003
    Boulder, CO
    i am very interested, i tried to send you an email but it would only let me privte message you. please email me about it.
  7. Monte


    Jan 9, 2001
    DFW Area, Tejas
    Talked to Earl today, and he does want $6500. $7000 with an almost new German pernambuco bow that he bought from Robertson's for $750.