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Old bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Requiem, Apr 24, 2001.

  1. Requiem


    Feb 26, 2000
    Costa Rica
    As I walked through the streets of my hometown, I passed a pawn shop that was selling and old bass guitar. It's hollow body and has the shape of a violin. You can see a picture of this bass on Michael Manring's website: www.manthing.com

    Can any of you please tell me the brand and the style and how much would a 75model cost?!!

    Thank you very much...

  2. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    It sounds like an "Eko" violin bass. Subway Guitars
    has one (here) for $375. These guys have
    a `67 model for $998 (body could use a re-finish).

    I can't speak to specific years or nothin'. 1975?...
    I guess if it's $500 or less AND in good shape -
    give it a try :) .
  3. Requiem


    Feb 26, 2000
    Costa Rica
    do you think it's worth it?
  4. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    Geez. That's a tough one. I've never played an Eko.
    I know besides Mr. Manring, (the real) Les Claypool
    used one. Will the pawn shop at least let ya' play
    it a li'l in the store? Look for stuff like hairline cracks
    in the body, a bowed neck, or funked-up tuners.
    These things can be fixed by you or a good tech
    for not much $. If the neck's beyond repair, or
    there's a major chunk of real estate missin' from
    the body, I'd say pass...the necessary repairs might
    be as much (or more) than what ya' pay for it.

    Sorry I ain't much help. TB'rs Brad Johnson or Hambone
    may be able to offer more assistance.
  5. Requiem


    Feb 26, 2000
    Costa Rica
    Ok thanks, Ill check it out again....thanks !!
  6. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    There was an influx of NOS (new, old stock) Eko's not very long ago. IIRC they're Italian. I have a friend who bought and resold them, I'll see what his take is on them. I seem to remember them being no more than $400.

    I remember seeing Victor Wooten with one.
  7. Requiem


    Feb 26, 2000
    Costa Rica
    I think Victor used a Univox Hollow-Body Bass. I saw it. But maybe he also has a Eko.

    Thanks again
  8. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    See below :D
  9. Turock


    Apr 30, 2000
    I have one of the EKO violin shaped basses, I got it cheap (less than $100). I personally would not pay very much for one. The tuners on mine are junk. I think the value of these things went up only after Les was seen sporting one.
  10. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis

    Dec 11, 1999
    The bass young Michael is playing is a Aria-Diamond Model 1420 from 1967-68. These were made in Japan by the Arai Co. and imported into North America under a variety of brand names.
    The various names were dependent on the importer/distributor of the instrument. The same instrument could (and did) have many different brand names for example; Aria, Diamond, Aria-Diamond, Arai.
    These are not a bad attempt to copy Hofner's 500/1. They played very similiar to each other and were very light. The Aria though was less than half the price of the Hofner. Both had a similar sound to them, lots of thump.
    There are still a few of these basses floating around and often come up for sale as witnessed by Requiem finding one in a Pawn Shop window. If the instrument has been taken care over the past 30 plus years, they can be a good buy.
    I remember these selling for $175.00 back in 1968. Today they go for between $250-450.00 depending on condition.
    I think these were one of the best copies ever made of a Hofner 500/1.