Comeback on DB

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [DB]' started by dudemeister, Dec 14, 2002.

  1. This is my first (hopefully, of many) post in the DB forum.
    I started playing DB when I was ten and played in a classical orchestra for six years got really tired of it and picked up bass guitar instead and have played it since (now I'm 22).
    A couple of days ago I found out a friend of mine is selling a DB he's inherited.
    I've been over and played it and realised I want to start playing DB again!
    The thing is he doesn't know anything about the bass, when it's built, who built it or so. The only marking on it is a sign where it says it's been repaired in 1962. The person he inherited it from has played with Stan Getz in stockholm, so I don't think he would by any crap...
    The bass looks quite old, has a few cracks and so on, but sounds quite good in my untrained ears.

    What should I check before buying the bass?
    The cracks don't affect the sound do they?
    I thought it was really hard to find intonation and press down the strings but i expect i'll become used to that in time or should I lower the action instead?

    If these questions are commonly asked, please direct me to the apropriate threads.
  2. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
  3. No, I missed that somehow...

  4. Jeff Bollbach

    Jeff Bollbach Jeff Bollbach Luthier, Inc.

    Dec 12, 2001
    freeport, ny
    Mr. Dude-
    Can you post some pics? I smell a deal.