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Atelier Z or Dragonfly (Harry's Engineering)?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Quadzilla, Sep 27, 2017.


  1. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    Looking at possibly picking up a new axe.

    Digging some of the basses I've seen by Atelier Z and also Dragonfly (Harry's Engineering).

    Anyone here had their hands on both? If so, pros / cons of each?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Adam Wright

    Adam Wright

    Jun 6, 2002
    Arlington,Tx
    Mike Lull Basses, Roscoe Basses, 64 Audio IEM, SIT Strings
    Both are hard to beat. It's really a toss up. I've had several Atelier's and they've all been amazing. I currently have a Dragonfly CS5 and have a Fat J on order. Tonally, the Atelier's are more vintage J on steroids ala Marcus. The Dragonfly is a bit more polite set flat but can get super spanky and "in your face" if you boost the treble and bass. For me, the Dragonflys win in the playability department. The Atelier heel block tends to be..well, blocky for lack of a better term and it's difficult to get to the last fret(if that's your thing). The upper register on the Dragonfly is unbelievable. I'd buy either of these over one of their boutique US counterparts.
     
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  3. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    Thanks for the insight! Leaning towards the Dragonfly. I'm told their preamp is one of the best made too.
     
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  4. Pierre Ganseman

    Pierre Ganseman Commercial User

    Jun 28, 2017
    Brussels
    Pro bass dealer based in europe(bassfreaks.net)


    best bass i ever had in stock
     
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  5. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    I now have both and they are awesome!
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  6. Pierre Ganseman

    Pierre Ganseman Commercial User

    Jun 28, 2017
    Brussels
    Pro bass dealer based in europe(bassfreaks.net)
    indeed, getting this made i think, withn a J at the bridge
     

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  7. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    Nice! There is an active, orange Dragonfly P for sale in the classifieds. My local buddy was the orogiori owner. He ordered via Bass Japan Direct. As I recall, he paid $2,500ish. That was less than a year ago. The new owner is asking less than half that. Quite a bargain in my humble opinion...
     
  8. Pierre Ganseman

    Pierre Ganseman Commercial User

    Jun 28, 2017
    Brussels
    Pro bass dealer based in europe(bassfreaks.net)
    yes , I know Danny well. He's helped me tons getting Atelier Z , Dragonfly , Moon Dealership. I owe him for life or at least a good while :)

    cheers
     
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  9. Adam Wright

    Adam Wright

    Jun 6, 2002
    Arlington,Tx
    Mike Lull Basses, Roscoe Basses, 64 Audio IEM, SIT Strings
    I now have a PJ4 Atelier Z and a Dragonfly 24 fret PJ5 on order from Danny Stewart. Recently got to play the Moody Theatre in Austin,Tx where they film the Austin City Limits television show and I played my CS5 the entire set.
     

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  10. Pierre Ganseman

    Pierre Ganseman Commercial User

    Jun 28, 2017
    Brussels
    Pro bass dealer based in europe(bassfreaks.net)

    oh hey Adam :) i think we spoke about an Enfield at some point. I personally have a Fat J from harry and will order SJ soon i think.
     
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  11. Pierre Ganseman

    Pierre Ganseman Commercial User

    Jun 28, 2017
    Brussels
    Pro bass dealer based in europe(bassfreaks.net)
     
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  12. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    Oh my!
     
  13. mb94952

    mb94952 Endorsing Artist : SFARZO STRINGS Supporting Member

    You're killin' me Quadzilla ! I just discovered Danny Stewart on Youtube. That man can PLAY !. I went all over his website and read about how Dragonfly are some of the "best basses ever created" in the industry. I've always been a MIJ freak, but these boutique MIJ's are in a league of their own. Price wise, less than Fodera and Alembic for sure, so in the world of Rolls Royce basses, probably a good deal. I see there is Bacchus, Dragonfly, Ateliere (not sure if I spelled it correctly, don't know how to pronounce it). Anyway, this is a WHOLE new world of MIJ I just discovered and would love to learn more, or just drool over them. All this because I watched a Greco video by Danny (about 20 times ! his playing is so enjoyable to watch !)

    I see you own both MIJ heavy weights. This is 2019, and I didn't even see when you did this thread. Are you still a fan ? Thanks Quad. - Mike
     

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