First Bass buying experience

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by abasskid, Jun 17, 2020.

  1. abasskid


    May 21, 2020
    Sooooo...I posted another thread asking for advice on which Bass to maybe buy. Everyone was so helpful, and I was excited to go and check out the basses. We made arrangements to see the Eastman VB95 tomorrow between noon and 1 pm. Today we made the 4 1/2 hour drive to the city it is located near, and checked into our hotel.
    My dad then logged on to the computer to let the guy know we are here, and to get the exact directions for tomorrow as he is in the country. Guess what? He sold it today even though he knew we were coming from 4 1/2 hours away!! He had my mom's cell phone number and didn't even bother to let us know. Instead, he sent a message on Kijiji late this afternoon. Then he sent another message later after my mom tried calling him to say a guy called him this morning and came over and bought it.
    So here we are in a hotel room we don't need, and 9 hours of driving we didn't need to make.
    Thanks Ara. Nice doing business with you.
  2. TroyK

    TroyK Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 14, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    Well, that is a bad story, though I have to say, your dad sounds cool.

    I'm sorry it went this way, that's really a shame. It will all become part of the legend of you, though. Hang in there.
  3. Keith Rawlings

    Keith Rawlings Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 3, 2019
    That sucks. Don’t worry - you’ll find someone better to sell you a nice instrument.
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  4. Ed S

    Ed S

    Nov 14, 2019
    What a %#^@*! Just no reason to treat people like that. Hope that karma comes back and bites him.

    Obviously wasn't meant to be. Good luck on your continued search! And enjoy the time w/ your dad!
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  5. rknea


    Jan 16, 2007
    Queretaro, Mexico
    I'm so sorry to hear this!!! I have to say that in this day of Craigslist postings and such, there's a lot of unsavory folks out there. Might I suggest that next time you put a refundable deposit down on the bass to hold it until you can get to see it? I've done this on other music equipment in the past and that has saved me a lot of frustration.
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  6. Ed S

    Ed S

    Nov 14, 2019
    And - you know - you can always add dots to whatever bass you buy! ;)
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  7. nogbert


    Jul 18, 2010
    Denver, CO
    going along with Ed S's comment: if the seller treated you that way, it's plausible he wasn't being completely honest with you about the bass. Go for the shen and don't look back
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  8. RSBBass


    Jun 11, 2011
    As others have said, sounds like you may have dodged a bullet. I like my Shen a lot.
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  9. TroyK

    TroyK Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 14, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    ..and remember, it's father's day on Sunday. Let that man know how much you appreciate it. You'll think back on this road trip someday in much happier terms than today.
  10. underwhelmist


    Nov 16, 2018
    Sorry to hear that - at least you've got a story to tell. And I very much agree with TroyK, your dad sounds like a legend. Enjoy the drive chatting with him.
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  11. TroyK

    TroyK Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 14, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    Man, what I wouldn't give for a 4 hour road trip and a chance to have just one more conversation with my dad.
  12. I’m sure you’ll find your bass.

    Props to Pops!
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  13. Ed S

    Ed S

    Nov 14, 2019
    Have you checked out the Shen owners thread? Lotta satisfied owners there. Skimming through it, I was impressed w/ some of the grain in the pics. I know NOTHING about the various model #s. But if the grain is important to you, you might want to get quality photos of any instrument you are interested in.

    You also might wish to consider how much shipping would cost. Might expand the list of basses available to you.
  14. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri
    My grandmother always said something worth having is something worth waiting for. As other's have mentioned, it's a terrible way for a dealer to treat a customer, especially knowing that you had to pay for the drive and loggings.

    Fortunately for me, my bass prof. drove me to Cincinnati Ohio and helped me pick out my bass. Since it was being restored, he drove me back to Ohio to pick up the bass, once it was finished. Good luck.
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