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For Sale New Standard Cleveland hybrid upright acoustic bass - $6775

Discussion in 'For Sale: Double Basses' started by Pete Hand, Nov 25, 2019.

  1. Pete Hand

    Pete Hand Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2004
    Missoula Montana
    Label Number 150 (2004); original owner.

    A large 3/4—small 7/8 sized bass with a strong, even sound and excellent playability.

    This New Standard Cleveland upright hybrid acoustic bass has a carved European spruce top, gamba corners and a tubular metal end pin upgrade. Poplar-core laminates are light and resonant. Quality ebony fingerboard, nut, saddle. Hand-applied oil finish (no tone-robbing polyester, lacquer or heavy conversion varnishes). Authentic inlaid purfling, top and back, which adds to the beauty and helps prevent edge degradation. Beautifully carved scroll and neck, top-notch attention to detail throughout.

    Proper neck-set angle for arco playing. Set-up with special one-piece adjusters installed in a fine European maple bridge. Photos show a Marvin cable tailpiece and a Full Circle Fishman pickup are installed. I’ve kept Eva Pirazzi strings on it (in the photos), as I find they are more friendly to the bow. I was changing strings on another bass and just put the used SpiroCore/Obligato mix on the Cleveland, because it gives a brighter sound. The Pirazzis will be included with this sale.

    D neck
    String Length 42" / 106.7 cm.
    Body Length 45 1/4" / 114.9 cm. (back)
    Upper Bout 21 1/8" / 53.6 cm.
    Center Bout 15 3/4" (as measured, couldn’t find product spec for this) / 40 cm.
    Lower Bout 26" / 66.1 cm.

    With TKL padded carry bag in great condition. The zipper pull on the little front pocket was replaced in an earlier repair and a new stop was added. The red hold-tabs were added to help reduce stress on the zipper pull when opening/closing. The zipper teeth are not damaged.

    Product link:
    The New Standard Bass - Cleveland Model
    Discussion topic is at this link:
    Cleveland New Standard-Why?

    I found these peer comments:
    “The Cleveland is a replica of the old American Standards with improvements in construction and materials (solid ebony fingerboard, better tail piece, etc). While this bass is just a few years old it sounds great, plays very easily, and I actually worry about it less. These basses have better quality neck blocks than the old play basses (american standard, kay, king, etc.) and also fuller-dimension necks which I find to be ergonomically superior to the skinny necks I've found on lots of Kays, for example. I get as many positive comments on the tone of my new bass from fellow musicians and listeners as the old bass. In one case performing in a musical I found the old bass to be superior for a microphone and running through a cabinet on a big stage.”

    “This is a hybrid bass, meaning that the top is carved and the ribs and back are laminated. This combination gives an ideal balance of tone and stability. The resonance of the bass is open and huge, and the laminated sides give the bass excellent stability against the extreme humidity and climate of Taiwan. The bass sounds far better than most fully carved instruments. This is the best sounding, most resonant and best feeling bass I’ve played.”

    Images are provided here for product info. Will ship it at your cost, or you can come to the studio to hear it and pay and take it then.














    Last edited: Mar 17, 2021
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  2. bazzo


    Oct 8, 2006
    I thought these were all made with D necks? Has this one been modified? Thanks!
  3. Pete Hand

    Pete Hand Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2004
    Missoula Montana
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  4. Pete Hand

    Pete Hand Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2004
    Missoula Montana
    I suppose we could video this instrument, if that helps.
  5. Pete Hand

    Pete Hand Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2004
    Missoula Montana
  6. Jason Sypher

    Jason Sypher Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2001
    Brooklyn, NY
    These are such great basses. Years ago I had to borrow a bass to play the Ryman on New Years eve for two shows and I borrowed my buddy's AS. I fell in love with it and didn't want to give it back!
  7. Pete Hand

    Pete Hand Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2004
    Missoula Montana
    Thanks for the comment.

    Pre-covid, a house concert provider (he would do a gourmet dinner before the show) asked to borrow this one a couple of times for groups passing though, such as Pat Metheny’s backup players. I stopped accepting “dinner for your bass” but it got compliments from those players.

    I have three uprights right now, and this one and the one with the carved lion just are not getting enough use. Sad to say, but something has to go.
  8. almal


    Aug 28, 2006
    Kansas City
    Pete, do you have any recordings of it? These are known to be great basses. Also, any idea what shipping costs might be?
  9. Pete Hand

    Pete Hand Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2004
    Missoula Montana
    almal, I haven't played it recently and don't have any recordings at hand, but I found a Youtube video from 2009 (!) where I am using it:

    Of course, a music stand is a bit in the way for your view. I can work up something new, but it would have to be next week some time.

    I could do a Skype Video call from a laptop, and show it to you and you can have me move it around in view of the camera for you to see more of the details.

    As far as shipping costs, it came to me by truck freight and then I returned the crate empty. I don't know if you already have a shipping crate to send over empty. I can refer you to this local instrument shop who likely could pack and ship it and they should be able to give you a quote and some more info:
    Greg Boyd's House of Fine Instruments - Vintage & Handmade Instruments & Accessories

    Take a look at your private message inbox, please.
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  10. Pete Hand

    Pete Hand Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2004
    Missoula Montana
    I found another; this is from 2008, and is more New grass:

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