Entry level upright

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by ****yBassist, Nov 15, 2001.

  1. ****yBassist


    Nov 12, 2001
    I was looking into purchasing an entry level upright bass w/in the next year. I know these things can get insanely expensive and I was wondering what are some descent ones out there for not a lot of cash. Under $1000. Thanks
  2. Hey man, what's up? I believe you poted this in the wrong forum. This is Bass Guitar. Your post should go just below this in DB.

    Mike J.
  3. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    Yes, this belongs with the boys down in DB.
  4. Hmm, nice name.
    Time to make popcorn.
  5. Sam Sherry

    Sam Sherry Inadvertent Microtonalist Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2001
    Portland, ME
    hitty: In the double-bass world, you tend to get what you pay for, sorta-kinda. Your post is like asking for a good used car under $1000. The answer is the same: Whatever you find, get ready to spend hundreds on setup and/or repairs.
  6. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY


    "Descent" is the correct word for most Double basses under $1000, since their sound and value will only go down. For about $1500-2000, you should be able to get something that will last and remain playable. People are saying a lot of nice things about "Christopher" basses - you might also try looking at Lemur's stock brands.
  7. anonymous0726

    anonymous0726 Guest

    Nov 4, 2001
    I have a good Chinese 7/8 plywood that'll I'll let go for $1,500, with a Mooridian bag. I'll even throw in an inexpensive french bow (wood). It's a third bass and I don't really need it --- but could use the money. You just need to come get it or have it shipped. It's newer, so it'll need 'played in'. It was set up by Mike Shank (Shank Strings) in PA, who I have do all my luthier work.

    -- Oh -- string length is a bit shy of 42", and the body is shaped well, so that even though it is large, it's very easy to play...
  8. mchildree

    mchildree Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2000

    I just wanna know if your name is a result of a medical problem or a lack of skill? Either can be fixed...
  9. DaveB


    Mar 29, 2000
    Toronto Ontario
    I just went through my first URB excercise but I lucked out and found an excellent plus '62 Kay. Knowing what I know now and assuming I couldn't find a good used URB I think I would look to a new Engelhardt since they are the modern day Kay. Nevertheless,sooner or later you'll need to spend some money on setup.
    As for your handle....if the same applies to the rest of the guys in your band then stay in school.
  10. I've been checking out these new hybrids (Christophers) that are showing in the $1500-$2500 range. Carved top and back with ply sides. They sound pretty good and the price seems reasonable. Apparently the dude selling them recently spoke to Kolstein and he really digs the sound (if that rings any bells). To my ear they sound better than newer englhardts (which I have and after 2 years of playing it sounds like a plywood box with expensive strings strapped to it). Your mileage may vary.