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How do you PREFER to AQUIRE basses? Simplified Version

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bassballs27, Dec 22, 2016.


  1. New (bought new from / 1st owner from a music store, luthier, new old stock, ebay, etc)

    26.4%
  2. Used (from music shops, talkbass, ebay, craigslist, friends, pawn shops, etc)

    69.2%
  3. Endorsements

    1.0%
  4. Other (Gifts, Handed to you, etc)

    3.4%
  1. bassballs27

    bassballs27 Supporting Member

    Aug 12, 2002
    Ontario, CANADA
    Since my previous thread was a little too detailed, I've come up with a simplified version.

    Previous thread was here:
    POLL: How do you ACQUIRE basses???

    So, the question is, how do you prefer to acquire basses?

    Again, this thread is just for fun........not a marketing ploy.
     
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2016
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  2. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Kentucky
    Work hard, make money, save some, spend some.
     
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  3. jfh2112

    jfh2112

    Jun 18, 2013
    Brookhaven, MS
    My last three were brand-new, but I'm not opposed to passing up a good deal on a used bass. There's an Ibanez 5-string at a pawn shop down the street for $150 that I've been thinking about.
     
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  4. I have confidence we can come up with a way to complicate this version too!
     
  5. Craig's list. I have found some amazing deals there. Over the summer I found a MTD bass for $120. It's one the best playing 5 string bass I have ever used. It seems odd I will play a gig switching between the $120 MTD and an Alembic.
     
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2016
  6. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Connecticut
    I find what I like and keep it - used Fender 30-something years ago, new Lull 12 years ago.
     
  7. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    My last half dozen have come from TB Classified section. That being said, I have a new Hammersmith coming. But as far as how I acquire them "the most" it's used through this community.
     
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  8. eastcoasteddie

    eastcoasteddie

    Mar 24, 2006
    NoVA
    I usually try to buy new if I could, or slightly used. I'm a bit uneasy about buying a bass that someone had for 10 years...that's a long time for a stranger to put their own *mojo* all over it....gotta go through a whole bottle of Purell on that crap...
     
  9. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    +1.
     
  10. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    I'm a bass farmer: I raise them up from tiny bass seedlings.
     
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  11. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    Philadelphia
    In theory I'm fine buying used, but I'm picky and I like warranties, so I almost always buy new.
     
  12. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    I'm evenly split between buying new and used. Which button do you push for that?
     
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  13. bassballs27

    bassballs27 Supporting Member

    Aug 12, 2002
    Ontario, CANADA
    That's fine......it's not necessarily what you own now, but possibly in the future too.
    Would you choose more used basses or new? Make a choice.......that's up to you!
     
  14. bassballs27

    bassballs27 Supporting Member

    Aug 12, 2002
    Ontario, CANADA
    And this definitely classifies as other......:)
     
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  15. bassballs27

    bassballs27 Supporting Member

    Aug 12, 2002
    Ontario, CANADA
    TB is responsible for most of my bass collection.
     
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  16. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    Oh. That doesn't help entirely because I buy where I find it. But since I'm looking more at discontinued and hard to get basses lately, I guess I'll vote used then.

    Thx. :)
     
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2016
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  17. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    But seriously, I think even this simplified poll (or perhaps especially this simplified poll) would benefit from allowing multiple responses. I look at my collection of instruments and it's a pretty even distribution of All Of The Above. (Er, okay, Most Of The Above...none of my basses arrived via Endorsement.) So statistically speaking, none of the available choices is accurate for how I most frequently acquire basses.
     
  18. bassballs27

    bassballs27 Supporting Member

    Aug 12, 2002
    Ontario, CANADA
    Well what would you prefer to choose?
     
  19. bassballs27

    bassballs27 Supporting Member

    Aug 12, 2002
    Ontario, CANADA
    Some people buy new because they like new things. Others buy used for cost savings.

    That's why I made it simple. Make a choice and move along. :bassist:
     
  20. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    I buy new, except for Warwick. I've gotten huge discounts with endorsements. I got one free bass, custom built, through an endorsement.
     
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