Bang for the buck

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mr. Dead, Feb 18, 2001.

  1. Of all the basses that you were fortunate to get your grubby little hands on, list one bass in 6 price categories that you would most recommend. I know it's difficult to choose only one (it was for me as well) but please, only one per price range. Also, only recommend basses that you have played, not just read reviews on. The price categories are "list" prices of :
    1. under $1000
    2. $1000-$1500
    3. $1500-$2000
    4. $2000-$2500
    5. $2500-$3000
    6. over $3000

    Here's mine...
    1. Peavey G-Bass
    2. Dean Edge Improv
    3. Spector NS-CR
    4. Zon Sonus
    5. Pedulla Thunderbass
    6. Spector NS
  2. G


    Apr 12, 2000
    1. Fender MIA Jazz

    2. MusicMan Stingray 5

    3. Modulus Genesis

    4. Modulus Quantum

    5. Lakland Joe Osborn/Modulus Quantum

    6. Sadowsky/Modulus Quantum
  3. G,
    Thanks for your response but please, remember the rules. Only ONE bass per price category!!! Thank you
  4. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    <b>1. under $1000</b>-Spector NS-2000 5
    <b>2. $1000-$1500</b>-Spector NS-5 CR
    <b>3. $1500-$2000</b>- Spector USA NS-2 J
    <b>4. $2000-$2500</b>- Spector NS-5 J w/AAAA maple body & Aguilar OBP-1 pre-amp
    <b>5. $2500-$3000</b>-Spector USA NS-5 Oil finish
    <b>6. over $3000</b>-Spector USA NS-5 high gloss finish

    I've played them & WANT EM ALL!!! :(
  5. Last Call Playa

    Last Call Playa

    Feb 12, 2001
    1) 70's Gibson Ripper

    Sorry I haven't had any $1000+ basses!
  6. basslax


    Apr 20, 2000
    Washington, DC
    nino we dont appreciate spector flames here at TalkBass :p

    here is mine
    1) MiM Jazz
    2)Warwick Corvette (active)
    3)Warwick thumb bolt on
    4)Warwick LX streamer
    5)Spector NS
  7. TT


    Feb 14, 2001
  8. virtual.ray


    Oct 25, 2000
    Under $1000: MTD Kingston 5 ($629.99 list)
  9. Domino


    Dec 5, 2000
    1. Carvin LB70

    I had a bad experience with Carvin's customer service, but they are without a doubt the most bang for the buck.
  10. G


    Apr 12, 2000
    I posted the Modulus on more than one price tier because the same model ranges in price that much. All apologies.
  11. You cant find a better bass for under $1000 then a MIM?!
  12. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    1. under $1000 - Carvin

    2. $1000-$1500 - Zon, Matt Pulcinellas also impressive.

    3. $1500-$2000 - Pedulla

    4. $2000-$2500 - Pedulla

    5. $2500-$3000 - Ken Bebensee

    6. over $3000 - Manring Hyperbass

    Will C.:cool:
  13. nanook


    Feb 9, 2000
    Based on suggested retail I would call it like this:

    Under $1,000 Dean
    $1,000 - $1,500 Spector
    $1,500 - $2,000 Rickenbacker
    $2,000 - $2,500 Yamaha (top of the line)
    $2,500 - $3,000 Dingwall
    Over $3,000 Fodera

    We all know they can be bought for about 2/3 of suggested.
  14. Under $1000- Reverend Rumblefish
    $1000-$1500-MusicMan Stingray
    $1500-$2000-My '77 Carl Thompson!!!

    Can't really comment past that..
  15. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    You'd think I have some stock in the company!!! :)
  16. Nino,
    You listed them by sale prices, not list prices. Also,
    You mentioned in another thread that you compared your NS basses to a Sadowsky and you stated "I couldn't believe the difference". Describe the "difference" and would you place Sadowsky over Spector or a close second? I left Staten Island 14 years ago so I never had a chance to audition one while living in N.Y.

    P.S. I didn't see the B.O.B. Spector on your list (if they're still being made)!
  17. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    I guess we are talking new basses, not used(that is the bewst way to get bang for the buck!), and list prices, not street prices.

    So, here we go! - BTW, I am talking 5 stringers here.

    1. under $1000 - Carvin
    2. $1000-$1500 - Peavey Cirrus
    3. $1500-$2000 - NOS Pedulla Rapture, Rapture J2 or Rapture PJ
    4. $2000-$2500 - Zon Sonus Special
    5. $2500-$3000 - Zon Sonus Custom
    6. over $3000 - Sadowsky Jazz
  18. Harry


    Dec 12, 2000
  19. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    The difference was the sound. I can't quite put my finger on the difference, but I liked the Sadowsky sound better. I LOVE the feel of Spectors (NS USA & CR) In my opinion, I like the feel of a Spector better than the Sadowsky sound.

    P.S. I also built a Warmoth Sadowsky wanna-be that sounds better than my Spectors. But if I'm going to play any bass live or for a recording, the setting on my amp will not be the same for both basses. I could always manipulate the sound w/my amp (live) & from the console (recording). The Spectors sound AWESOME, but my Warmoth sounds better. I even thought of putting the same pre-amp (Aguilar OBP-1) in my NS-5, but deceided against it, because there are some characterists it has that I like that the Warmoth dosen't have.

    About the prices being sale prices, sorry I didn't realize it. B.O.B. basses have been discontinued. About placing one over the other, I can't say cause I've played ther Sadowsky @ the shop once for about an hour & it wouldn't be a fair comparison. But my Warmoth & Spector NS-5 are loved equally.
  20. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Retail?? I don't do no stinkin' retail.

    BTW the Carvins under $ that "retail"?