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My new Hungarian gypsy :)

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by jfv, Feb 22, 2006.

  1. jfv


    May 5, 2003
    Portland, OR
    I just upgraded from my Christopher to a 2005 Hungarian
    bass. I dont have pictures yet, maybe in a day or two.

    My 403 Christopher is now on consignment for a really
    good price at Pete's Bass in Portland, if you live in the
    area and are looking for an entry carved bass its like
    3 years old (enough to give it some character) and
    in primo condition.

    The Hungarian has a dark aged look that i just love,
    and in spite of being new it has a singing tone that
    is just wonderful. Label inside says Benedek Elemer,
  2. B. Johnson

    B. Johnson

    Apr 28, 2005
    Pete's a great guy, he has one of my basses for sale.
  3. KSB - Ken Smith

    KSB - Ken Smith Inactive Commercial User

    Mar 1, 2002
    Perkasie, PA USA
    Owner: Ken Smith Basses, Ltd.
    Well at least your has a name. My Hungarian has no name, place or date anywhere. It's deep, smooth, powerful and HUGE.. Just doest sound as sweet as my Italian or English Basses. I do think they sound better than the commercial German Basses though and the cost is often lower. Mine wasn't put together too well and cost a small fortune to restore.

    here; http://www.kensmithbasses.com/DoubleBasses/Mystery2/Hungarian.htm

    and looked like this when I first got it; http://www.kensmithbasses.com/DoubleBasses/Mystery2/Mystery2.htm

    I would like to know who the actual maker is and about when it was made but we can only assume at this time.
  4. fish slapper

    fish slapper

    Nov 17, 2005
    Newberg, OR
    Good deal, Jack!

    You're either too late or too early for me to consinder your Chrissie. Just bit on a blonde laminate Shen. But coming at it from playing pizz Jazz and a little Bluegrass/ pop.

    But taking lessons including arco and Simandle. Who knows, a carved European bass might be in my future some day.

    Trying to remember which bass was your new one at Pete's. Is it round back or flat?

  5. jfv


    May 5, 2003
    Portland, OR
    It just gave it to him last night so you wouldnt have seen
    it anyway :)

    Its a round back, 3/4, with violin corners. Anyone that
    was interested just ask Pete which bass is Jack's and
    he'd show you.

    When i got there yesterday he was just finishing a
    lesson with a young girl maybe 11 or 12 years old. It
    was really cool seeing someone female and that young
    on the bass :)

    The Hungarian is also a 3/4 btw, but the body seems
    larger, fatter, and heavier than the Chrissy was. The
    top has a huge 'bubble' or whatever you call that where
    it rises to the bridge.

    I'm at work, maybe tonight I can get a couple pictures
    made :)
  6. jfv


    May 5, 2003
    Portland, OR
    Wish i was closer I'd love to hear that bass. Mine has plate
    tuners but Pete has already ordered ebony knob single
    tuners for me and they should be in next week. I figured if
    this was the bass I was gonna trick it out the way i wanted.

    According to Pete the luthier in Budapest making these is
    a brother of a guy living here in Portland, and he brings them
    into the country. Hammond Ashley has reportedly bought one
    or more at some point, dont know if they still have them or
  7. KSB - Ken Smith

    KSB - Ken Smith Inactive Commercial User

    Mar 1, 2002
    Perkasie, PA USA
    Owner: Ken Smith Basses, Ltd.
    I assume you are referring to your Bass and not mine? We don't know the age of my Bass but it is not brand new. It has had the Top off a few times before me getting it. By who and where I have no clue. My Bass came out of Canada when I got it. The previous owner claims he got it 30 years ago and it looked the same as it did when I got it. I don't know how much of his story I believe.
  8. fish slapper

    fish slapper

    Nov 17, 2005
    Newberg, OR
    I've been in Pete's when that student was there. I think she plays a 1/2 size. Also think its great that young girls would be interest in bass rather than flute or the traditional "girly" instruments. Although, Pete tells me her practice disipline is nil. I guess youth is wasted on the young. ;o}

    I'm taking the Shen in tonight for some fingerboard work. I'll ask Pete which one you bought.

  9. TroyK

    TroyK Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    That's a beautiful bass, Ken. I'd love to see your stable some day.

    Looks like it sprouted an extra tuning key, though. A little Miracle Grow and direct sunlight?
  10. KSB - Ken Smith

    KSB - Ken Smith Inactive Commercial User

    Mar 1, 2002
    Perkasie, PA USA
    Owner: Ken Smith Basses, Ltd.
    Well, it really depends on what you feed it. They are what they eat!.. lol
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