Eastman laminate basses - any good?

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by Sgroh87, Mar 24, 2014.

  1. Sgroh87


    Dec 4, 2012
    DFW, Texas
    I play electric right now but I want to get into upright playing as well. I want to play arco and pizzicato, but I am more of a jazz person than classical. I also enjoy folk as well; one of my favorite recent albums was the Goat Rodeo Sessions with Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile, Stuart Duncan, and Edgar Meyer.

    The thing is that I don't have a whole lot of money I can invest in a bass. I have a chance to get an Otto Benjamin MB-100 (Music & Arts' label for Eastman VB-80) in brand new condition for right at $1000 (it normally sells for something like $1650), and it seems like a really good deal. Most people tell me that looking at a bass that normally sells for less than $1500 isn't worth looking at, so this instrument should be decent enough for my needs. I just wanted to get any personal experiences with this particular instrument and/or brand of instruments. I'm not asking about the price per se, rather the quality of this particular instrument versus other entry-level string basses.
  2. Jason Sypher

    Jason Sypher Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2001
    Brooklyn, NY
    Played at least one nice Eastman. Shens are a good value...