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Kydd Carry-On vs NS Wav 4?

Discussion in 'Electric Upright Basses (EUB's) [DB]' started by Hanuman, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. Hanuman


    Mar 26, 2009
    Howdy! Wondering if anyone has any thoughts on these two EUB's, given the following background for yours truly:

    Basically, I've played electric for many years, both fretted and fretless. I mostly play improv / jazz, so I will be playing little or no arco. I'm very comfortable with the standard electric scale. Portability is a plus but not a deal-breaker.

    Both the Kydd and WAV4 fit my budget, including costs for a pre-amp. Unfortunately I don't really have a way to efficiently test both.

    Any thoughts on the pros and cons of these two instruments?
  2. Jason Hollar

    Jason Hollar It Don’t Mean A Thing... Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2005
    Pittsburgh area
    I owned a WAV 4 for a little while. Played nice, but HATED the piezo tone. There's a rather lengthy thread on this axe which includes user modifications/upgrades to the electronics as well.

    That said, the WAV is full-scale so if you're not used to playing an upright-size axe, it could be tough.

    I've had my eye on the Carry-On for a while because it's so dang small. The scale length is 30" and is a dream to play. Kydd also makes 34" and 42" scale instruments -- so maybe you would be better off with the "Big Kydd" -- the 34" scale like an electric.

    If I could save up the bread, I'd consider the NS Bass Cello. It's a 5 string, 34" scale, plus it has EMG's in addition to a piezo setup -- which would be great for louder gigs. This would probably be out of your budget though...

    Good luck!
  3. Cutty


    Jun 25, 2006
    Iv'e owned a Kydd "carry On"for a few years now and i'm still happy with it,i use a early K&K 2 band preamp with it and it sounds huge!!!deep,focused and very clear,and it's a dream to transport,i use the D'darrio chromes on it and it's perfect,hope this helps.
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