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*SOLD* 1999 Benedek Elemer Fully Carved 3/4--John Clayton loves this bass!

Discussion in 'DB Classifieds Archive' started by kittyboy, Jul 25, 2009.

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  1. kittyboy

    kittyboy Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2005
    SF Bay Area
    In 2001 I was returning to upright after a hiatus and flew to arizona and LA to check out a lot of instruments, looking for the best value I could find under $15000. After visiting Arizona and many shops in LA I ended up at World of Strings.

    Jon from World of Strings in LA was among the first shop owners to start importing basses from eastern europe and upgrading them here. He went to eastern europe, found a maker in Hungary he liked and hand-picked a few basses from him. Back in the states he replaced the mediocre fingerboard, endpin, tailpiece/wire, bridge, and tuners with high quality parts. After spending two days in his shop playing a variety of new and used instruments I chose this bass. After I had paid for the bass (in cash) and was on my way out the door, Jon said "You might have just bought the best bass in the shop."

    I brought the bass back to John Clayton's house and asked him to try it out. As he played it I told him where I got it and how much I paid and the first words out of his mouth were "Are there more of these"? He had his students in mind of course; I'm not suggesting that John went out and traded in the 19th century bass he's been playing for nearly his entire career, but he was very impressed with the bass and the value it represents.

    I was drawn to it because of its enormous dark sound, ease of getting a good sound bowed or pizz, and of course the fact that it's totally healthy, free of any cracks or issues whatsoever. It's been a great bass but now I've moved on to a 19th century bass and can't really afford to keep this one, although I would if I could.

    Since buying it I've added bridge adjusters and leather bumpers. It's a very very healthy bass.

    Some measurements (in inches):

    upper bout width: 19.5
    lower bout width: 26
    string length: 41
    width at nut: 1.75
    depth at upper bout: 8.5
    depth at lower bout: 9.25

    Currently strung with superflexibles. Drilled for Laborie endpin.

    Asking price is $5500.

    Bass and I are in Seattle.
  2. Eric Hochberg

    Eric Hochberg Supporting Member

    Jul 7, 2004
    Man, that's a very nice looking bass. But, the dumpster in the photos is just wrong. :bawl::rollno:
  3. kittyboy

    kittyboy Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2005
    SF Bay Area
    I didn't mention it in the ad, but it *is* a very beautiful bass--I figured I'd let the pictures do the talking...

    The blue thing is just our city-issued plastic garbage can--a clean, stable place to position the bass for photos.
  4. kittyboy

    kittyboy Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2005
    SF Bay Area
    Flexible on price...this is a nice bass y'all!
  5. JGintheHam


    Jul 8, 2009
    Cumming, GA
    Mike Lull endorsing artist
    Hey there. I would like to come down and check it out. I am here in Bellingham and travel to Seattle regularly. How is Saturday?

  6. kittyboy

    kittyboy Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2005
    SF Bay Area

    Sorry to see her go, but she's got a very nice new home now...
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