oh my gwad..

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [DB]' started by Fetch Da bass, Jun 21, 2003.

  1. Fetch Da bass

    Fetch Da bass Guest

    Apr 26, 2002
    Vista, California
    oh no! I saw this at a antique steam & gas trackter show ..:meh: :bawl:[​IMG]
  2. arnoldschnitzer

    arnoldschnitzer AES Fine Instruments

    Feb 16, 2002
    New Mexico. USA
    Can you play walking bass on that, or only Rock & ROLL?...............
  3. Jeff Bollbach

    Jeff Bollbach Jeff Bollbach Luthier, Inc.

    Dec 12, 2001
    freeport, ny
    Hey, does Bob's House of Basses distribute these? Or is it the new Upton Bass Trolley?
  4. gruffpuppy

    gruffpuppy Guest

    Aug 15, 2000
    In your basement.
    Talk about your easy sound post adjustments.
  5. Judging by the scroll and hat peg tuners, and the shape of the top, it looks like another decent old instrument has met a horrible fate.

    Please tell me this is merely a bass-shaped object!! Anyone who would subject a real bass to such a gross indignity should be strung up by the thumbnails.
  6. olivier

    olivier Guest

    Dec 17, 1999
    Paris, France
    .:eek: I guess you're right, Eric, it looks like they have destroyed an old Mittenwald to build that stupid little trolley :(
  7. FunkySpoo

    FunkySpoo Supporting Member

    Feb 6, 2002
    Oh man this is just the kind of thing that pisses me off.
  8. Notice the kid wouldn't even sit in the thing?

    You go girl! Solidarity!
  9. Bob Gollihur

    Bob Gollihur GollihurMusic.com In Memoriam

    Mar 22, 2000
    Cape of New Jersey
    Big Cheese Emeritus: Gollihur Music (retired)
  10. Fetch Da bass

    Fetch Da bass Guest

    Apr 26, 2002
    Vista, California
    Hey if you look close you can see that the body/bridge/tailpiece are not real, the body is about 1 inch thick all over, but the neck and fingerboard are the real thing.

    Bob there is a quasi antique shop here in Vista that sell those bass book cases. even though they are totally fake they are still pretty sad to look at.
  11. Looking at the first picture, you can see the chair rungs through the treble side f-hole. The top looks much thinner there than around the rim. The outline of the top, shape of the f-holes, the arch, all look too graceful and well proportioned to have been made by a non-luthier. Olivier, I suspect you're right, from my moderate experience the shape looks German/ Bohemian. If it is a Mittenwald, it could have been worth substantial five figures restored. Aaarrrgggh!!!

    I HATE seeing this sort of butchery (I've foamed about this in another post). Someone needs to talk to this bozo and see if he still has the ribs. If so, offer to buy his trailer and give him back the wheels (preferably in the form of a suppository). Offer him what will seem a lot of money- $750? I've had some good luck in the past reclaiming old basses this way. There's great satisfaction to be had (money to be made too)in preserving a worthy old instrument.

    Lemme see, which would I rather play, a restored Mittenwald or a brand new Cremona? Hmmm...

    Hey Fetch, was it a carved or flat back?
  12. mflaherty


    Oct 9, 2001
    The braces on the inside of the back look like they are in the same places as my two flatbacks...
  13. Fetch Da bass

    Fetch Da bass Guest

    Apr 26, 2002
    Vista, California
    Nope..I took the pictures. I saw it with my own eyes..the body is to thick to have been a real bass..I got up close and looked at it..the body was at least a 1/2 thick. you could really see the thickness at the f- holes..I didn't get a good look at the back, but I did notic how the bracing looked real..The Antique steam & gas trackter show is held twice a year. I will and get a better look next time..
  14. Marcus Johnson

    Marcus Johnson

    Nov 28, 2001
    That's pretty interesting...maybe the guy who built it was a legit luthier who did it as a goof? That would explain access to the neck and other bits...

    Put a motor in it, and some Michelins, and you'd have something. Transportation problems solved...
  15. Fetch Da bass

    Fetch Da bass Guest

    Apr 26, 2002
    Vista, California
    I would have talked to the guy who owned it, but he was busy talking to a bunch of trackter heads.:meh:
  16. I'm actually going to be attending a steam and gas engine show in August (Butterfield Threshing Bee, Butterfield, Minnesota). Don't ask -- long story.

    Maybe Mr. Hey-Diddle-Diddle will be there with his contra-car. I'll make sure to have the camera ready just in case.
  17. M.J.:- I dunno, if the guy were a for-real luthier you'd think the bridge, tailpiece and string spacing would be more like the real thing.

    Fetch:- Most any carved bass is going to be much thicker around the f holes than your Kay. It'll be thick towards the centre of the top (top of the f holes) and thinner towards the edges. (bottom of the f holes.)

    Still makes me wanna spew lookin' at this thing.
  18. Fetch Da bass

    Fetch Da bass Guest

    Apr 26, 2002
    Vista, California
    Yep your right. I have owned & seen a couple fully carved basses in my life time. I know what they look like.. I am about 78.3% sure it wasn't a "real" bass body .. I will be sure to go to the next show this fall. I will take some close ups and talk to the bass butcher wagon man:bassist:
  19. kip

    kip Guest

    Sep 11, 2002
    Sausalito, Ca
    What's the big deal. he' prolly just taking it in for the annual tune-up.
  20. Atshen


    Mar 13, 2003
    Grim Cold Québec
    "Looks so real you want to play it!"

    Yeah, right... :rolleyes: