I'm buying my first upright and have questions.

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by jb63, Feb 17, 2002.

  1. jb63


    Jan 3, 2002
    Cleveland, Ohio
    I've done some research and shopping and I think I've found a pretty good deal. The bass is a 1912 Lyon & Healy plywood bass. Everything appears to be in order (bridge, soundpost, tuners, etc.). In my novice opinion the bass plays fine and sounds great. My main concern is a crack in the heel. As best as I can describe, the crack is parallel to the fingerboard and is located about a half inch from the back of the body. From what I remember the width of the crack is about wide enough to slip a couple of post cards into.

    I'll be buying this bass from a distant family member who is liquidating his uncles estate, so needless to say he doesn't know anything about basses. We negotiated a price of $1000 which will include a gig bag and a old wooden bow. I know this this bass is probably worth more and out of consideration informed him of that.

    Is there anything else I should be aware of before I make this purchase? Will I be faced with any expensive repairs? Is it a good deal?

    Any comments, suggestions or questions would be greatly appreciated.