To sell or not to sell - Steinberger XM-2A

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by TNCreature, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. TNCreature

    TNCreature Jinkies! Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2010
    Philadelphia Burbs
    Don't want to.
    Might need to.
    Inner turmoil ensues.

    I need to pay some debt, but I also have an american jazz deluxe, an american deluxe jazz (I know, Fender loves to do this), american standard jazz w/ p neck, warwick corvette $$, warwick corvette pro-5, mtd kingston heir 5.

    I rarely play the Steiney, but am in love with it due to our long history together. Mostly play my jazz and warwick.

    What would you do? I would not sell it at a bargain price.

  2. alembicbones


    Nov 10, 2000
    Seattle, WA
    I've owned and sold a few Steinbergers over the years. Every time I'm 'bergerless, I always find myself perusing eBay to pick up a new one. Your Steinberger looks quite nice and if it delivers exactly what you want out of a Steinberger, I'd keep it. As clean versions are becoming rarer and more expensive, you might rue the day you sell this one. While your other basses are nice, they are more like commodities and can be easily replaced, if you need the funds.

    Best Wishes,
  3. TNCreature

    TNCreature Jinkies! Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2010
    Philadelphia Burbs
    Cheers Bones
  4. Nice bass, I'd keep it and flip something else as suggested. Or you could even play's 'retro!'
  5. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Inactive

    Jan 20, 2011
    You should sell it to me that's what.
  6. TNCreature

    TNCreature Jinkies! Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2010
    Philadelphia Burbs
    I knew that wouldn't take long!
  7. john_g

    john_g Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    Sounds like me and Ric's. I got an awesome 4003 FireGlo here on TB that, God willing, I will never sell. Even if I fall out of love with it, I am not selling. I suggest the same with your Steiny.
  8. subtlestew

    subtlestew Supporting Member

    Apr 7, 2000
    Kent, CT
    The one bass I will never sell is the white 1988 XL-2 I bought new, especially since I just had it refurbished by Jeff Babicz.

    I'd keep it if I were you!
  9. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass **** Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    west coast
    All my basses get played regularly, but I'm fortunate to be playing a lot. I also play a diverse assortment of music live and in the studio so it makes it easier to justify owning more than 2. If your not using the 'Berger then it all boils down to financial needs.

    One option you may persue is trying to sell it to a friend with the understanding that you get first whack at it if he/she ever decides to resell it...that way it's "still in the family". Another option would be to work it back into the rotation and sell off 1 or 2 of your other basses.

    Good Luck...this is tough.
  10. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    i did what lowphat suggested.

    sold my white '89 XL2A to a friend with the buy-back clause. it is now in my posession after about a 4yr separation. if i must sell it again i will proably price it too high to sell quickly in hopes of coming to my senses. gl. ;)
  11. I like it. Keep it.
  12. aqsw


    May 28, 2006
    Every bassist has a Fender, Keep the Steiner
  13. sj_bass

    sj_bass Supporting Member

    May 23, 2010
    Long Beach, CA
    Proudly Supporting Moody Leathers
    Yeah, my body will be room temperature when that one goes...

    Keep the 'stein...
  14. Roy Vogt

    Roy Vogt

    Sep 20, 2000
    Endorsing Artist: Kiesel, Carvin, Accuracy, Hotwire, Conklin Basses, DNA, Eden
    I had a 1984 L2-A and sold it to pay bills, too. Wish I had it back. Keep it if you can, they're going to be making Fenders and FSOs (Fender Shaped Objects) for some time, so unless you've got 60s or 70s Fenders they're easily replaced.
  15. TNCreature

    TNCreature Jinkies! Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2010
    Philadelphia Burbs
    I am seeing a trend here :)
    Thanks all, it helps
  16. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

    Aug 22, 2011
    I don't know your financial situation, it's none of my business, but fwiw I have noticed over the years that people who have "some debt" rarely have so little that selling a used musical instrument will get them above water...unless that instrument is a Stradivarius or a 1959 Les Paul or something equally desireable on the collector's market.

    But a Steinberger XM-series? Even if you could get $2000 for one -- which I doubt -- is that really all it takes to get you out of debt? If so, I would suggest finding another way to raise the $2k than selling off your possessions. And if ~$2k barely makes a dent in a more sizeable debt, I say What's The Point? Keep the 'berger either way, find a more effective way of reducing debt. Selling gear for small change is at best a temporary band-aid, not a solution.

    Geez, I sound like my Dad!