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Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by Lucas LaFave, May 13, 2019.
Carved lion's head scroll is hard to resist. Just sayin'...
That head is machine-carved and suggests this was a low to mid-grade instrument of that period.
In other words, just another factory bass.
Will be taking the bass to my guy around 3 today. Will post more later. More pics to come too
Luthier looked it over, kinda said some things I was already thinking about.
Took some more pictures too just so you all can see the condition a little better.
Neck has been grafted, then broken where it meets the scroll. Top is pretty disfigured but not to the point of affecting its stability or playability Top has also been doubled all the way around the edge, tripled in one little spot. Cracks, while there are many, are well cleated and the bass is pretty structurally sound. String length is massive at close to 44”, Ive got big hands and haven’t had trouble getting around it in the last few days I’ve been playing, but my luthier definitely had some comments about it. Bridge is a mess so it would have to be replaced. It’s strung with heavy spiros on the ADG and some terrible (probably red label) thing on the E.
It’s definitely a “grab it if it’s cheap” situation. I think I’m gonna cap myself at 2,500 maybe 3,000, if they want more I’ll bargain but I certainly won’t go up. Bass plays well and sounds good so we’ll see how this goes!
Just had a second opinion from Aaron Reilly. I could only get photos to him, I’ll possibly bring it to him but I’m only in town for another few days until I head back home for the summer.
He gave me a similar price cap and an estimate on a full restoration.
Any chance you could post a proper profile shot of the scroll, and include the upper part of the neck in the picture?
And what will a full restore cost roughly? I’ve just spent $10,000 on restoring a bass, so I’m curious... Although the one I’m having done was in far worse condition...
That is a whole lot of truly questionable work.
If it were me, I'd take a hard pass. You'll spend more than this bass is worth to get it back into playing condition, I think.
Would you care to elaborate? Just curious what your thoughts are
Not saying I’d go the full restore route, I’d probably just get a new bridge, endpin shaft, and strings then have it set up and call it good. It’s not falling apart or anything like that.
But an estimate for a full go through was 2 grand, the work I plan to put Into it was closer to 600 or 700
C A Glier Sr.
The second line means "string instrument maker". It seems phony though.
In modern German at least, you wouldn't write it that way.
Wondering about this I asked my knowledgeable friend Jonas Lohse. He said that the handwriting looks American
„Streichinstrumentenmacher“ is one word in German. If you want to write this in two words, you would use „Streichinstrumenten-Macher“. But not all makers were good in orthography, however.
„Sr“ is not often used in Germany; „Jr“ is used more often – but both are not really common. (Besides that: A senior maker might not have known that he will been followed by his son one day … so there is no need to write this.)
Handwriting: The capital letters show clearly that this is not a German handwriting, but American. In particular „S“ and „M“. The „1“ is 100% American: in Germany, we always have an upstroke-downstroke „1“.
However: Despite the fact the written marking was clearly not written by the maker, it could be the correct information. Maybe a repairer added it, in order to keep the (correct) information on the bass, with no intend of fraud.
Didn't I say it? Jonas knows his stuff!
44" SL, prior neck and scrolls repairs. Resale value just went way down.
That is not nearly going to be enough to bring it to performance level. If you have to do it on the cheap, you should probably pass on the purchase. Double basses aren’t easy on the wallet... $700? Come on dude! I guarantee you will spend more than that... The bridge is gonna cost $500 most likely... Pass on it, methinks you can’t afford the pain...
I just took an extended look at the pictures...
You need to let this go unless yo have $5000 at least... If you think you’ll keep it for life and it speaks to you then get it by any means necessary...
But, don’t think it’s an investment monetarily, it’s an investment of the heart...
That is something I understand.
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