Buying a Kay C1

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by Ehuwiko, Oct 29, 2003.

  1. Ehuwiko


    Aug 18, 2003
    Gardiner, Maine
    Well, I'm moving past the rental stage and buying my first Upright Bass. It's a 3/4 size kay C1, made in 1938. It's a little bit dinged up(ok, more than a little), but as we all know looks don't make a bass. It's really loud, and has a nice sound. I'm paying $600. It'll need to have the top reglued in the future, but for right now it just needs a few minor adjustments(~$50). I can take some pictures if anyone's interested.
  2. Gabe


    Jan 21, 2003
    Won't say no to bass pics!

    If you don't mind my asking, did you pick it up at a shop in Maine?
  3. erikwhitton

    erikwhitton Guest

    Sep 20, 2002
    Portland, ME USA
    yeah - pics. and where'd you find it? i found my C1 in Uncle Henry's and paid $800. It's in pretty good shape. Came with a case, pickup, and pretty new strings.

    also - where are you Mainers having work done on your basses? I'd like to know of any luthiers in the State. Thanks! -Erik
  4. Gabe


    Jan 21, 2003
    I'm sure there are some luthiers in the state, just not sure if they do bass work, and it's likely better to go with a specialist anyway...or maybe not, we're out of my range of knowledge. There were some guys at the folk festival in Bangor this year, but they seemed to be almost exclusively violin, viola type guys. I think one might have made some cellos.

    The bassists I know in the Bangor and North area have mostly said they go to New York for all of their work and purchases.

    Just as a bit of a side thought, are there any New Brunswick luthiers any one has heard about?
  5. John Sprague

    John Sprague Sam Shen's US Distributor

    Mar 10, 2003
    Rochester, NY
    Sales Manager, CSC Products Inc.
    Larry Siegler in Vienna does bass work, and stocks a few. (207) 293-2389.