New or Used Where?

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by OnederTone, Dec 12, 2002.

  1. OnederTone

    OnederTone Aguilar Everywhere Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2002
    Thornton, CO
    ok. Before I even start- Yes I've read the Newbie links, Yes I have a Teacher, and Yes I'm not just looking for a New, cheap Bass (Bass Pornography was the description I laughed at the most...)

    That said, after reading everyone's mantra to "think about buing used" I have one question:

    Where? My teacher has sugguested a couple of shops, but they seem to be partial to new instruments and very old very expensive ($16k +) instruments...

    Does anyone know of a shop in the Dallas Metroplex that has a selection of used basses in the "my wife won't divorce me" price range?
    a 3 hour radius is considered (OKC, Austin, etc) and I'm really wanting to take my time to find a good bass...
  2. What's the max price your wife will permit before devorcing you? OR - how much are you willing to spend on Her so you can get what you want?
  3. FunkySpoo

    FunkySpoo Supporting Member

    Feb 6, 2002
    Ding Ding Ding. Man did you ever nail that one. When I bought my slab I had to spend an equal amount on something shiny for her.
  4. OnederTone

    OnederTone Aguilar Everywhere Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2002
    Thornton, CO
    I'm not quite sure, since the only prices I've seen are either new or crap.

    Really the price is the last thing I'm worrying about, more I'm just trying to find a shop where I can see at least ONE or TWO used Plywood basses.

  5. Monte


    Jan 9, 2001
    New Albany, MS
    Call Ed Garcia in Irving at Trax City. He is in the phone book as a karaoke rental and sales. He always has a few around. Also Jay Rury, a luthier in the area, whose number is on Bob G's luthier page.

    Violins Etc. in Austin had some decent basses for reasonable prices and Mark Rubin is a nice guy.

  6. I wouldn't give up on new instruments out of hand.
    Some Luth's on this board have suggested that many nice basses sound nice to begin with and do not need to age to sound great.

    If the 2500-4000 range isn't too extreme, Samuel Shen's are really nice.
    I just picked up one and it impressed my teacher who's bassES
    start at 35k
    Many Luth's recommend Shen's as well.

  7. kip


    Sep 11, 2002
    Sausalito, Ca
    I visited Violins Etc., Austin on Friday.
    Mark Rubin was having a new ply top setup for a client. Two piece back with very good grain definition. Price is, I think, $1500 to $2000. Eastern European origin. Sounded good even w/ the crappy strings that shipped with it. These were soon removed and replaced. I didn't hear it after setup, but was impressed nonetheless.
    This is not meant as an advertisement or spam.. I just know this is a good shop with good people.