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Seth Kimmel bass

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by Russell Bergum, Oct 1, 2011.

  1. Here are some pics of my Seth Kimmel 3rd Avenue model bass, with a low C extension that Seth made. Bass was made in Feb, 2011. I've had it for about 3 weeks now, and I LOVE it. Great, deep, warm even tone. Super ergonomics and playability. Is fairly deep in the ribs (9 1/2" at the lower bout, tapering to 6 3/4 at the button), and really rumbles with the low notes.

    The extension is very nice, and scroll does not need to be drilled, and the C string goes around the E peg.

    Back and sides are western big leaf maple, top is Sitka spruce, and scroll is European maple.

    DSC_0004. DSC_0005.

    DSC_0007. DSC_0010.

    DSC_0006. DSC_0009. DSC_0008. DSC_0011.

    DSC_0003. 1309062679.
  2. Herbie 80's

    Herbie 80's

    Dec 15, 2008

    Fantastic bass. I love the huge lower bouts!
  3. tomshepp

    tomshepp Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2006
    Maynard MA
    Wow! If that sounds half as good as it looks........:D

  4. Thanks. It actually sounds and plays better than it looks. It plays way better than I do.
  5. drurb

    drurb Oracle, Ancient Order of Rass Hattur; Mem. #1, EPC

    Apr 17, 2004
    GORGEOUS! Beautiful wood, beautiful finish. May you have many happy years with it. :)
  6. Dude....that's a nice looking axe
  7. WOW!!! - What's not to luv? . . . KUDOS! ;)
  8. Pornographic.
  9. eh_train

    eh_train Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2004
    Fantastic! I just checked out Seth Kimmel's webpage, and there's no shortage of beautiful instruments coming out of his workshop.

    Is it too crass to ask for a hint about the cost?


    Paul (Eh_train)
  10. BRWASS


    Sep 28, 2011
    Atlanta, GA
    Beautiful bass! Looks like a joy to play. Congratulations!

    It's amazing to look at an instrument and think of the possibilities. It's more amazing to turn those possibilities into realities. Good luck to ya on it!
  11. No problem. $18000 including the C-extension, padded bag, really nice carbon endpin, Belcanto strings, and shipped from Eugene, OR to my home in northern MN.
  12. geoffbassist

    geoffbassist UK Double Bassist Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 17, 2006
    Founder - Discover Double Bass
    What a beautiful instrument!
    Enjoy playing such a fantastic bass.
  13. mjt0229


    Aug 8, 2007
    Bellingham, WA
    Beautiful. He sure does nice work. Enjoy!

  14. Thanks. Seth does wonderful work, and is a really great guy. I highly recommend him!
  15. Well, I believe there are now 3 Kimmel basses in Minnesota. I'm the new owner of the "Gamba" #16 and Dave Williamson has "Third Ave" #9. We should all get together sometime and see whose is best....

    Kimmel is a first rate maker, and his basses aren't 35k...yet. :D
  16. Matt Ides

    Matt Ides

    May 12, 2004
    Minneapolis, MN
    WOW! That looks like a really nice bass. Congrats.
  17. Congrats! I played the Gamba out in Eugene, OR the day after Matt Frischmann bought it. Very nice! I think Matt is having Seth make a copy of his symphony bass for him now.

    Playing Dave's "Third Ave" is what turned me on to Seth.
  18. oldfretless

    oldfretless Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 28, 2007
    SoYo County,PA
    Congrats! That is very beautiful!
  19. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology LLC
    Very nice. Congrats!
  20. Robin Ruscio

    Robin Ruscio Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2003
    Denver, CO, USA
    I played that bass at the ISB, good choice. Really hard to beat at that price point. Seth is an artisté!