Has anybody tried a Labella Olinto?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by IAmACrocodile, Feb 24, 2014.

  1. Hello everybody! :)

    Just curious as to whether anyone here has ever played or owned one of Labella's Olinto basses? I realise that they were given something of a muted/lukewarm reception here at TB, but that seemed to be more of a response to the concept (yet another P-bass clone, etc...) than to the actual instruments themselves. I would love to hear from anybody who has played one, what their impression of it was, whether there was anything which stood out about it immediately (good or bad), and so on.

    Many thanks, bass brothers and sisters! :bassist:
  2. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I also wonder if anyone spent the 3 grand necessary for one.

    They sound good though. I love this motown-ey rendition of The Chicken.
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  3. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Born under punches Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2006
    Northern California
    That video also clearly shows how Colin Kaepernick of the 49ers spends his offseason.

    Plenty of builders offer their take on a 4 string, passive Pbass for north of 2 grand (Lull, Alleva-Coppolo, Sadowsky, Valenti, even FBass now) so it isn't like it's a ridiculous asking price, but I think it's hard for someone to go out on a limb and pay that price when the other companies mentioned have a lot more traction and a better reputation.
  4. Thankyou both for your replies! :)

    3234718 - one of the players in the Youtube video, Juninho Braga, has posted another video which is more of a straightforward demo of the Olinto, as opposed to a tune. Not being able to speak Portuguese, I can't tell you what he is saying, but I'm guessing that he likes it as he is playing it in his avatar, and he uses it in one or two other videos. :) I must say that the tone appeals very much to my ears - but who knows how much of that comes from the bass, and how much is the result of mic placement, eq'ing, playing technique, etc? Nonetheless, I like the tone, so here is the video! :)

    Any of our members played one in person yet? :bassist:
  5. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
    No but if like. Mas Is a fantastic builder
  6. cabcreaser

    cabcreaser Supporting Member

    Feb 12, 2005

    Mas Hino is as good as it gets, so I would not hesitate to buy one if I was in the market for a top of the line passive P!
  7. bassie12


    Aug 23, 2008
    When it comes to reputation, nobody tops Mas. Some are more well known, that's all.
  8. ^^^ Agreed. I have never heard anybody speak about Mas Hino's work in anything other than superlatives. Comments such as "the best neck I have ever played", or "the most expressive instrument I have ever touched" tend to be used when Mas' guitars are around... No doubt that these would be lovely basses, but they do seem to be pretty scarce!

    Can we rustle up a Talkbass member who has played one? :hyper:
  9. bluesdogblues


    Nov 13, 2007
    From that youtube video, I'm sure it's a very good bass.
    Seems it can be compared to, say, a Pino Custom Shop Precision..

    But yeah..$3000...ouch..is it worth that much?

    Which one to chose if you have to chose between this La Bella Olinto and Fender Custom Shop Pino P-Bass?
    (Both are 'major priced' for me this time, actually LOL )

    Anyone ever try them / has a clear opinion on this?
  10. donn


    Mar 28, 2011
    He doesn't have a lot to say about the bass, that I could make out. Maravilhoso, literally "marvelous", wonderful, etc.

    JAUQO III-X Banned

    Jan 4, 2002
    Endorsing artist:see profile.
    I played the LaBella Olinto about a month ago. Played very nice, very comfortable and the neck was very nice as well. Overall a well crafted P bass that sounds awesome.
  12. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY

    JAUQO III-X Banned

    Jan 4, 2002
    Endorsing artist:see profile.
  14. Marc61

    Marc61 Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2007
    Greater NY Area
    I saw them at a bass show in LA. Didn't get to play it, just put my hand on the neck. Thought it felt like an early 60s P
  15. kimgee

    kimgee Guest

    May 15, 2014
    Why not get a nice Fender. I have tried a number of Fender bass guitars, and returned every one of them until this one:

    Fender® Select Precision Bass® | Fender Bass Guitars

    They are $2300 on Fender's site, and at many dealers, but The Bass Place is selling them for $1300. It comes in a factory sealed box and one sweet instrument. Check the specs. I don't think you can get this nice a bass for this kind of money anywhere else.
  16. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
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  17. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    What does "Olinto" mean? Not a very compelling name for a bass in English. Google translate says it's Portuguese, translating to English "olinto" - gee, thanks! Apparently it's a surname? A famous bassist's name?
  18. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Really expensive pbass?
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  19. HaphAsSard


    Dec 1, 2013
    "(...) the Mari family became one of the suppliers of violin strings to both Amati and Stradivari in Cremona. Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries the “House of Mari” also operated a metal foundry that manufactured church bells.
    In 1913, the two brothers, Emilio and Olinto Mari left the family business to seek new opportunities in America."
    The name itself (also found in another variant, Olindo) is supposedly derived from an ancient city in Greece, Olynthos, in turn "named for the olunthos,* the fruit of the wild fig tree".
    Olindo - Wikipedia
    Olynthus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Good, I've just about bored myself to sleep. Nighty, y'all.

    Aah, what the heck:
    *A Pre-Greek term like others "relating to Mediterranean agriculture":
    Pre-Greek substrate - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2015
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  20. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Cool etymology, dude! :)