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Finally went to a real guitar store......(Want a Cirrus now)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by CYoung, Oct 28, 2001.


  1. CYoung

    CYoung

    Nov 30, 2000
    Gainesville, FL
    Ok, Gainesville, FL is definitely not the Mecca of the music world. We have a few small shops, but no where to find any real quality instrument. So, it was time for a road trip.

    Went to Tampa and visited Sam Ash.

    Walked in the front door and nearly passed out. I have never seen a music store that big ever before. If you combined all of our stores, you might get 1/2 of that one!

    Anyway, tried three basses there: Peavey Cirrus, Peavey Millenium, Fender Marcus Miller Jazz. The Peavey Cirrus is simply amazing. It will be my next bass, of this there is not doubt. The Millenium was impressive, but not as good as the Cirrus. The Marcus Miller Jazz was heavy, dull, and broken. I could not get the back p/u to work. The p/u guard was a pain in the arse, too.

    Next stop: Mars Music - Ok, got to play dream bass #2 - Warwick Thumb Neck Thru - wow. I know now what the true meaning of 'Warwick Growl' is. Last thing I knew that growled that much bit me. Also tried the Fender Zone Deluxe - a slapmeister's dream!

    Ok, I am surprised to say that the Cirrus was a much warmer easy to play instrument than the Thumb. The Millenium was pleasant surprise. The MM Jazz was a great dissappointment. Perhaps next time, they will have a working one for me to try!

    Anyway, I plan to go back in a month and pick up a new Cirrus 4-string, Bubinga, of course.....
     
  2. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    The Cirrus basses are fastly growing in popularity, and rightly so. For the price, they simply cannot be beat. They play and sound better than many basses costing upwards of twice as much.

    I like the Milleniums, too, and wish I hadn't gotten rid of the one that I had. I am thinking of getting another one again someday in the not too distant future.

    To me, the reason that the Cirrus seems to play so much "easier" than the Warwicks is because of the neck shape. The Warwicks have that chunky baseball bat neck, while the Cirrus and Milleniums have a much slimmer, faster neck. More comfy for me.
     
  3. phogchris

    phogchris www.scarsoflife.com

    May 27, 2000
    Boca Raton, FL
    I was at both Mars and Sam Ash in Tampa last week and probably played the same basses you played!!!
     
  4. CYoung

    CYoung

    Nov 30, 2000
    Gainesville, FL
    Sorry I was hogging the basses, man! You guys are so lucky to have some real music stores down there!

    I was a bit surprised that no one has Cirrus 4-stringers in stock. I guess every one wants the latest multi-stringed wrist-snapping 5+ string bass. Personally, I like 4 strings, strung EADG, thankyouverymuch.

    ;>
     
  5. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    It's a lot easier to find a good 4 than a 5 or 6 in a lower price range.
     
  6. You could try George's Music in Orlando...I think that's a little closer than Tampa. No doubt, Tampa stores would be bigger, but for an alternative source (and closer) you could try Orlando.

    Of course, if you were in LA, you could check out the Bass Exchange for high end stuff!

    Carl
     
  7. LowfreqB

    LowfreqB

    Nov 10, 2000
    United States
    I played 2 cirrus basses this weekend. According to the first dealer if you want one and they dont have it, you will have to wait 5 months for peavey to send it out to you. Thats just a side note. The two I played were both neck through the first was the red wood the second could of been either winge or walnut. I dont know if the red wood was set up right or what but it was the worst sounding bass I ever played. The only thing I liked about it was the nice tight action. Then 800 miles away in Los Angeles the next day I picked up a walnut/winge cirrus. I fell in love with this bass! Not only was the action very tight but it sounded like a dream. The bass had tons of growl and low mids. I also found it easier to slap then my stingray. The only thing this bass couldnt do was a music man sound. On the other hand it has its on distict sound worthy of its price. As soon as my friend gets that job at Peavey, you better believe that I will be picking up one of these.

    toeleek3
     
  8. Instead of a guitar store, you might want to make your next trip to a real bass store. Bass Central is only a couple of hours from Gainesville.

    They seem to be great folks from my dealings with them, and Gard (a regular contributor to TB) works there. Don't be put off by the high list prices, they discount those 20-30%.
     
  9. MtnGoat

    MtnGoat

    May 7, 2000
    MA/NH
    Mr. Young,
    I used to own a neck-through Thumb 5, but recently sold it due to its unacceptable neck dive problem. The bass was unique in its sound, and due to its string spacing, was easy to play fast flurries. I don't find the baseball bat neck to be a problem as far a playability, but that neck dive is a different story.
    The Cirrus basses are great. I own a 6 string redwood/alder and it is my main axe now, displacing from pole position some other fine "boutique" basses.
    You tried some great ones.
    Digs
     
  10. rickreyn

    rickreyn

    Jun 16, 2000
    Lutz, Florida
    Now I didn't see any Cirrus basses in Bass Central, so I feel comfortable in saying that your best Cirrus deal will be via eBay. I got my five for a little over $700. Great mint shape and ready to go. The Cirrus bubiga/walnut five in the Tampa Sam Ash is ancient and has serious shop wear. They have a walnut/walnut in better shape in Clearwater. The Milleniums are a little worn too, but not as much. I don't think Sam Ash has sold a top level bass in months! The Mars basses are worse for wear. Again, police the Internet. Normally, private parties who even think remotely that they may sell a bass in the future will strive to keep it in absolute mint condition. By the way, if you want a peacock blue maple 5, I know someone who will sell it too you in the low $700. Never been played!
     
  11. rickreyn

    rickreyn

    Jun 16, 2000
    Lutz, Florida
    Let me also weigh in on the Cirrus bass. I've played a Carvin, Fender, Musicman and Warwick and found the Cirrus sound more focused, punchy and touch-sensitive. The fives have a great B-string as well because of the 35-inch scale. Not that that sound is suitable for everyone at all times, but it works very well for me. I have also found the woods and workmanship on Cirrus basses to be similar to the boutique basses we all drool over. I do feel the bass needs better tuners, which I have ordered.
     
  12. CYoung

    CYoung

    Nov 30, 2000
    Gainesville, FL
    Thanks for the input, Rickreyn. Sorry, will have to pass on the Millenium 5, I want a 4-stringer. Sam Ash quoted me 2-3 weeks to order a 4-string Cirrus. I guess I will have to confirm that when I actually order the darn thing.

    I have to say, though, I was very pleased with their service. If I had tried every guitar there that interested me, I would have been there all day!
     
  13. rickreyn

    rickreyn

    Jun 16, 2000
    Lutz, Florida
    I guess after buying great guitars on-line I just can't bring myself to fork out the extra $500 for a new one. I did have a nice time at Bass Central buying my Stingray. The problem at your Sam Ash stores at this point in time is that I believe the bass market has dried up for the high-end stuff, or guys like me and you are buying smarter. As a result, their high-end basses hang there and hang there and hang there, and are literally demo'd to death. I have honestly played that Cirrus for the past 10 months or so, every time I went into the store!
     
  14. Gard

    Gard Commercial User

    Mar 31, 2000
    Greensboro, NC, USA
    General Manager, Roscoe Guitars
    ...well, I may be a wee bit prejudiced ;)

    The Peavey basses are incredible values, no doubt. I've seriously considered them a few times, but just happened to be in the right place at the right time recently ($700 for a Zon?? OK!!! :D).

    CY, you really need to make a pilgrimage to BC, I'll give ya the nickel tour, you won't be sorry! And Joe's right, don't let the list prices scare ya off, there's deals to be had here....
     
  15. rickreyn

    rickreyn

    Jun 16, 2000
    Lutz, Florida
    You've gone to the Targets and Wal-marts of bass stores. Now go to Saks (BC)! You're in Gainesville! It's closer for you than me. But take cash or the card. You'll come back with a bass.

    P.S. My Hip Shots for my Cirrus are coming from BC.
     
  16. Gard

    Gard Commercial User

    Mar 31, 2000
    Greensboro, NC, USA
    General Manager, Roscoe Guitars
    Hey Rick, the tuners are on the way, I shipped 'em this afternoon, you should have them tomorrow afternoon. :)

    Thanks for the compliment, I gotta tell Beav that one.... "Saks" :cool:
     
  17. I cannot say enough great things about both the Peavey Cirruses and Bass Central! I have a 6-string fretless wenge/walnut Cirrus that is a phenomenal bass at twice the price. Granted, the Lakland D55-94 that Bass Central sold me has definitely taken the No. 1 job from the Peavey, but at twice the price, it should!

    The Peavey ... slim, fast, comfortable neck ... wonderful balance ... light weight ... incredible action ... I still love it. The catch? For me, it is the electronics - they just don't do it for me. I find the Cirrus' electronics to be a little dry and not as flexible as I prefer. I would really love to drop a set of 18-volt Bartolinis in my Cirrus! Alas, my focus is increasingly shifting towards the double bass.

    Bass Central ... truly a quality bass boutique. The best part is that it earns that title through an amazing inventory, thorough product knowledge, helpful and friendly service, and sharing in their customers' excitement and love for the bass. Oh yeah - they cut some great deals!

    The Lakland ... that's for another post!
     
  18. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    CY ~

    Take Gard's advice and drop by Bass Central in Orlando. If you do that, I'll guarantee you that you'll never buy a Cirrus, and you'll stop doing that thing with those sheep, too.
     
  19. phogchris

    phogchris www.scarsoflife.com

    May 27, 2000
    Boca Raton, FL
    I've been to BC several times, and still bought a Cirrus!!!

    :rolleyes:
     
  20. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    I've played the brands they carry and I bought a Cirrus, too.