Looking for an upright bass

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by musician17, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. Hiiiiiiiiii. I've been playing upright bass for 6 years and I am ready to move on from a student model. What are specific basses that I should be looking into? My budget is 1800. I am NOT looking for student basses. More along the next level above a student bass.

    -Gabby T.
  2. KTFunkAlive


    Nov 28, 2007
    You might need to add a zero.
  3. Jake Morris

    Jake Morris

    Jun 10, 2009
    North Jersey
    Hahaha lol. But seriously, your going to need at least double that 1800 but then it still depends.
  4. Adam Attard

    Adam Attard

    Feb 9, 2009
    Depends, what kind of "student" bass do you have? My "student" instrument ran me around 1200, with a bag and crappy bow, and that's literally as cheap as you can go.
  5. My bass is currently a cheap school bass that my school had given to me.
    What are some step ups from a student bass? What about Becker? Is that worth anything?
  6. Check out the newbie guide here.

    I think a good suggestion is something like a Shen Hybrid (SB 150). That will run a little over your budget, but not so much that you can't save up for it. Check out some pics of an SB 150 here: http://www.nicklloydbasses.com/shen-sb150-hybrid.php

    Also, what is this Becker you're referring to?
  7. Have you considered having your bass worked on? Have you ever had it worked on? Your price range really doesn't lend itself to a big selection of things. Like crowsmengegus said, read the stickies of the forum, check out a shen 150 (personally I have mixed feelings about them after trying a few) and really consider getting a tuneup on your bass. A good tuneup with a fresh set of strings can make a HUGE difference in sound and playability.

    Check out http://www.fretwellbass.com/
  8. It's a Becker Satin Brown Symphony Series. Can be found here: http://www.playmusic123.com/Becker+Symphony+Series+Upright+Bass,+5000~product~879.htm
    Although, I will not be ordering it through a website, but a catalog.
  9. gottliver


    Dec 20, 2004
    That pretty much defines a student bass. A hybrid would be the next step up, though still a student bass.
  10. jnel

    jnel Guest

    Dec 19, 2012
    Mu17-i am in about the same situation. From everything that i have heard and read, a hybrid bass would be a logical next step. Shen has some really good hybrids that you might want to check on with your nearest bass shop. You might be able to get a hybrid by trading your current bass plus maybe $2000.

    Good luck!
  11. Adam Attard

    Adam Attard

    Feb 9, 2009
    I'd be really really wary about buying an instrument over the Internet and not in person and through someone who specializes in basses.

    As for particular instruments, I would highly recommend a Shen of any kind. They're pretty much the best you can do in that price range.
  12. TroyK

    TroyK Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    ...but most of them in that price range are considered student basses.
  13. jnel

    jnel Guest

    Dec 19, 2012
    mu17-i clicked onto the link you provided- you don't have to be an expert to see that the Becker pictured is a very cheaply made bass- it most likely would be a downgrade from what you are now playing- it looks cheap, it will most likely sound cheap and you might be able to get a decent sound out of it but you would have to spend a few hundred for upgrades on strings, bridge- need i say more

    Go Shen or Upton, or anything that you can play before you buy-if you will really look, you can probably find a hybrid or even a fully carved used bass that you might be able to buy.

    ordering out of country- just too risky
  14. drurb

    drurb Oracle, Ancient Order of Rass Hattur; Mem. #1, EPC

    Apr 17, 2004
  15. Adam Attard

    Adam Attard

    Feb 9, 2009
    Yup. Anything "advanced" would be more... And depending on your definition of advanced, a hell of a lot more.
  16. John Sprague

    John Sprague Sam Shen's US Distributor

    Mar 10, 2003
    Rochester, NY
    Sales Manager, CSC Products Inc.
    Hi Gabby,
    My recommendation is firstly only buy what you can play first. My second recommendation is buy from a bass dealer or reputable violin shop. In VA there is:
    Brobst Violins in Alexandria
    Day Violins in Herndon
    Wolf Instruments in The Plains

    And a bit north of there is Bob's House of Basses
    And a bit south in Greensboro is The Bass Violin Shop.

    A little phone work with these shops will let you know what's available out there. Then you can check brand names and so on here to see what folks think. None of the above will carry anything like the Becker, that thing honestly looks like a recipe for disaster. If you're going to buy a plywood bass, get one from a dealer who knows their stuff.

    Another tactic to employ is to let everyone you know and their sister that you are looking for a bass. There may be a nice piece near you that's been in someone's closet that they may sell for a very reasonable price.
  17. groooooove

    groooooove Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    me too

    anything a step up you'd want to be at least in the $3k range i'd think

  18. Jason Sypher

    Jason Sypher Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2001
    Brooklyn, NY
    What are you playing now?
  19. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology LLC
    This. Knowing more about the OP's bass is the only way for anybody to say what the next step might consist of.
  20. drurb

    drurb Oracle, Ancient Order of Rass Hattur; Mem. #1, EPC

    Apr 17, 2004
    I think this must be addressed first as it's essentially contradictory, especially if what's being considered is a new instrument. Call them what you will, "student basses," entry-level," whatever. $1800 cannot be expected to fetch anything above that category. This has been pointed out by others here.

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