I'm officially in the market for a stellar bass

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by Jason Sypher, Jan 12, 2009.

  1. Jason Sypher

    Jason Sypher Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2001
    Brooklyn, NY
    I've got the big Yankee Clipper and she is a great bass. But alas, she is too big for me. I just took out a loaner while my bass was being overhauled, a Shen with sloping shoulders and was amazed at the difference getting up into thumb position. I need a 3/4 that has an amazing quick response and big acoustic sound. I'm trying to keep it under $30,000 for sure. Anyone out there know a great bass for sale?
  2. dchan


    Nov 19, 2005
    Bethlehem, PA
    ^ You've been here since 2001 and you're in Brooklyn? You know what my answer is, hopefully.....
  3. Uncletoad


    May 6, 2003
    Columbus Ohio
    Proprietor Fifth Avenue Fret Shop. Technical Editor Bass Gear Magazine
    Wow. There is a revelation.

    That's a mighty fine hunk of lumber to cut loose of.

    Are you sure?

    Well...you know all the usual suspects. Hunting for basses is fun.

    Take a player with you. It was a huge help to me to have Brian Glassman with me. A passionate player with gusto for basses and a clear head. Made it easier for me to do the hunt without going astray.
  4. LouisF

    LouisF Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    I see where KS has marked down some of his master basses. The two Italian basses that Arnold worked on look particularly interesting. But right now, there's a lot out there going for discounted prices. Happy Hunting!

  5. MingusAmongUs


    Nov 11, 2006
    Newtown, CT
    If you visit Arnold I'm happy to meet you there and be your "listener." I'll take any excuse I can get, and I'm 30 minutes away.

    Do you have a buyer for the old bass already?
  6. Jeremy Allen

    Jeremy Allen Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2002
    Bloomington, IN
    I don't have what you're looking for (small, easy-to-play bass with quick response and big acoustic sound? if you find it, don't let it go!), but I have something that could do exactly what you're looking for if you find that the right small bass eludes you. It's the bass I've been playing for this year while my own stellar, huge, hard-to-play-in thumb-position English bass is being repaired: an early 20th-century German roundback, 7/8 size but very light, 43" mensure but you'd never know it, changed my life as far as playing in thumb position goes and it's loud as hell. (Chris Fitzgerald can confirm the loudness/easiness aspects of it; Uncle Toad can't, because when he played it there were some really stupid strings on it.)
    It's not a "stellar" bass; it's a bass that made me realize that I didn't need to spend stellar dollars to have almost exactly the same experience. I'll be selling it this spring when the broken bass gets fixed, and the price will be well under $20K. I'll be doing some recording at Systems Two in March, and I may bring it with me and leave it with Arnold or somebody to sell on consignment when I come.
    Anyway, just a thought for you in case your search doesn't yield exactly what you seek.
  7. Uncletoad


    May 6, 2003
    Columbus Ohio
    Proprietor Fifth Avenue Fret Shop. Technical Editor Bass Gear Magazine
    Of all the places I went on my travels the best experiences I had in hunting basses were with Arnold Schnitzer and Ken Smith. Outstanding inventories and fair pricing.

    The other NYC guys had great stuff, were very nice, but were priced a bit higher than everywhere else I visited.
  8. M Ramsey

    M Ramsey

    Mar 12, 2005
    North Carolina
    I kinda wish I had this problem. ;) That being aside, I think now would be a really good time to be on the hunt for a good bass. For most of the world, the acquisition of musical instruments is a luxury and not an absolute need, therefore resulting in fewer sales, especially during these tough economic times.

    I hope you find your dream bass at a better than expected price.
  9. bassist14


    Oct 17, 2005
    hi jason
    if you are in the netherlands again you could visit rene zaal.
    he has some great basses and is a nice guy.
  10. Jason Sypher

    Jason Sypher Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2001
    Brooklyn, NY
    I'm talking to Ken and need to call Arnold for sure. I played a great Riviere Hawks at Kolstein's that I liked quite a bit. What I don't want is to do what I always do, get a big bass with a lot of character and "work around" it's size. Yes, it IS a luxury problem to be sure. I love my old bass. It's a great instrument and will now be in perfect health once I get it out of the shop. There are a number of people who have seen the bass in the last couple of years and expressed great longing for it. I don't know if they are still interested or not. Basses are moving slow now to be sure so I will need to work this all out with mine to make a purchase. I suppose people trade basses in but I don't know if you lose a lot of value that way like say, a car trade in. I'm in a good position because I have a great bass now so I'm going to take my time and really find something that suits me. Funny, it took a Shen loaner to really open my eyes. And the Shen aint bad its just lacking a lot of frequencies. One gets pretty spoiled playing on a nice bass, most other basses sound empty to me unless you start to get into the middle-upper tier instruments. I'm sure I won't take a step backwards...
  11. Uncletoad


    May 6, 2003
    Columbus Ohio
    Proprietor Fifth Avenue Fret Shop. Technical Editor Bass Gear Magazine
    I dig that. Screws you up for good.