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Help buying my first decent upright in the UK

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by attackbass, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. attackbass


    Jul 16, 2007
    Endorsing Artist:Orange Amps, EBS FX, Ernie Ball, Fender Bass Guitars
    So, the piece of crap upright I had needs a new bridge and new strings and so thought instread of throwing money at this bass it'd be better to buy a decent bass.

    I've done some research and I've thought about getting something pretty decent that will see me through for a good few years.... I'd quite like a carved solid bass that isn't that 'schoo' orchestra' orange colour.

    As far as I can tell there isn't a great deal of choice for buying new or used in the UK - I'm quite happy to buy a secondhand instrument, infact that might be preferable.

    New I've found an Archer, the Zellar and the Stentor Student ii and Conservertoire(?) Are there any other brands out there I should look out for both new and used?

    Are the Thomann basses any good - they seem to be mostly laminated.

    Are there any obvious things I should look for when buying a used upright?

    I should also add that i'll be using the bass for mainly pizz jazz but will use a bow too.

    Any help/advice would be appreciated. I have a deep knowledge about electric bass but lost when it comes to these beasts!


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