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For Sale/Trade King Moretone, 1941, now $2000!

Discussion in 'For Sale: Double Basses' started by Richard Simon, Nov 22, 2015.

  1. Richard Simon

    Richard Simon Supporting Member

    Dec 6, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    (Note: Price is now $2,000.)

    (Prefer not to ship, unless you're willing to pay for the packing and trucking= $300)

    (Trade? Would consider swapping for an upright of equal value that has a more conventional string length. The King's is about 42 7/8".)

    (If a fair Trade were to materialize: I do own an older Gage shipping trunk, ideal for sending and receiving...)

    And now, back to our story...

    King basses were made by N.H. White company in Cleveland, OH

    Serial #1945 means it was made just prior to WWII - probably 1941

    Set up for jazz, with Tomastik Spiracore 'weich' (light gauge) strings

    New bridge, as-new ebony fingerboard

    Exceptionally playable - set up is 'like butter'

    Sale includes a padded TKL bag

    Though it is a laminated bass, the tone is much more like that of a 'carved' bass - mellow, clear, warm.

    Kay gets most of the notoriety, but King has the durability and quality vote.

    Some of the edges where the back joins ribs are gnarly, but there are no holes or open seams.

    Ready to make you smile on your next gig IMG_3087.JPG IMG_3087.JPG IMG_3086.JPG
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2017 at 1:46 AM
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  2. Richard Simon

    Richard Simon Supporting Member

    Dec 6, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    The asking price is now an even $2,000.

    The TKL bag is padded, but the cord pocket needs a new zipper and the bow sleeve needs re-stitching at the bottom.

    But the bass still sounds good.