good first bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by cerokilik, Dec 23, 2014.

  1. cerokilik


    Aug 22, 2013
    Clinton, MI
    I have decided to purchase an upright after renting for over a year. I have a problem though. I do not like the basses that are offered by the place I rented from.

    Where would a good place to start in my search. I mean like actual shops.
  2. I've been renting for a couple of years and just ordered a Upton bass. You should list what style you are playing, What your goals are. What you budget is. Those things will help others come up with helpful answers.
  3. Eric Hochberg

    Eric Hochberg Supporting Member

    Jul 7, 2004
  4. Sam Dingle

    Sam Dingle Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2011
    Nashville TN
    I find that the uptown basses are great. Best quality for the price. I don't own one of their basses but I know a few people who own them and of all the "starter" basses that I've played upton basses are the best.
  5. byrdzeye


    Mar 28, 2013
    Toronto, ON
    The entry level Shen's are very good value (SB80, SB88, etc). About a grand less than the Uptons if you don't have the scratch for their basses. BTW, I would love to have an Upton hybrid someday to upgrade from my SB88.
  6. firetec05


    Nov 19, 2014
  7. John Sprague

    John Sprague Sam Shen's US Distributor

    Mar 10, 2003
    Rochester, NY
    Sales Manager, CSC Products Inc.
    Based on the notion of keeping it local, you have Gary Ritter Strings in South Lyon, Wilson Fine Violins in Birmingham, and Guarneri House a bit further away in Grand Rapids.
    Good luck!