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Shen -high mark-up or increase in value?

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by btrag, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. btrag


    Mar 7, 2005
    A gentlemen was selling a Shen SB 150 for $500 (fine except for a neck that was repaired with gorilla glue).

    Before I made an offer, I asked him why the selling price was so low. He claimed that A. Shen basses have high mark-up B. Shens have increased in value very recently

    Is any of this true? Or, did I miss the deal of century?
  2. fish slapper

    fish slapper

    Nov 17, 2005
    Newberg, OR
    That was a killer deal as long as the neck was repairable (someone with luthier experience will have to chime in on that one). Those go for in the $1500 range and have for a couple years. Dunno, might have been other issues but I'm suspicious by nature.:bag:

    But Shens are noted for being "more bang for the buck."
  3. kurt ratering

    kurt ratering

    Dec 2, 2008
    waltham, mass.
    bass luthier, johnson string inst.
    or c, it was stolen
  4. John Sprague

    John Sprague Sam Shen's US Distributor

    Mar 10, 2003
    Rochester, NY
    Sales Manager, CSC Products Inc.
    Yep, $500 is a steal, they have never been anywhere near that price. I think Kurt may be on to something.
  5. +1

    Was there a trench coat involved?
  6. btrag


    Mar 7, 2005
    The guy mentioned that the neck was completely broken off and was very well repaired, it was a very clean repair.

    He knew he had it priced "a bit low".

    One thousand dollars too low?!
  7. Steve Swan

    Steve Swan

    Oct 12, 2004
    Burlingame, California
    Retailer: Shen, Sun, older European
    All of these basses have serial numbers. I'd get it and run it through normal stolen instrument data bases.

    Good luck!

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