Tonika Bass USSR

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by RickC, Jun 4, 2019.

  1. RickC


    Jun 9, 2005
  2. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music. Supporting Member

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  3. Quite easily, since I've actually had a couple of these in my hands a few decades ago.

    For $15, I could be tempted to buy it and hang it on the wall, just to remind myself of how great the instruments I currently own are in rare moments of doubt. Other than that, it's firewood. At best.
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  4. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    their spud ugly factor is part of the appeal, that Russians wanted to be rocket rollers is pretty cool too, kids just wanna have fun no matter what else is trying to ruin it. I find it interesting tho that their guitars didn't get the heavy handed brute force overkill which was a Russian trademark before technology became more advanced. just think if there had been money for greater ideas and manufacturing!
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  5. Wisebass


    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    Hi Rick :)

    When you want a bass from Russia,

    get the real thing!


    may the bass be with you

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  6. ardgedee


    May 13, 2018
    $238. ($149 price plus $89 shipping.) Probably $(extra) for customs.
  7. RickC


    Jun 9, 2005
    " Russia, bass plays you"

    sorry to hear these are actually unplayable garbage. I was almost tempted

  8. Rib 13

    Rib 13 Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2006
    for those of you on acid, thats a Thunderbird
  9. tr4252


    May 27, 2013
    I think I read somewhere that it's against the forum rules to call a bass ugly.

    This bass is so un-pretty, that on a scale of 1 to 10, it's a negative number. But it's not ugly; just so Russian it makes my brain hurt. The O.P mentioned it reminded him of Texas; somehow it made me think of those laxative TV commercials with the odd pictures of someone's inner workings.

    It's strange though. I'm a moderator on a switchblade knife forum, and from time to time somebody will start a thread with way too many pictures of "Russian prison knives". Trying to imagine prisoners being allowed to make flick knives is hard for me to swallow. But the point is, they're so freakishly styled I ask myself "How can another human being possibly think that looks good?" They don't just look foreign, they look absolutely alien. What is it with those guys?

    But as a builder I can see how much skill and effort went into making them, not to mention time. That's what staggers me.

    There are some strange people out there. I can see how some would be afraid they'd bomb us.

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  10. DDXdesign

    DDXdesign formerly 'jammadave' Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 15, 2003
    Pssssst: Eastwood makes a reissue of this Tonika thing =0)
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  11. ardgedee


    May 13, 2018
    Have they? I flipped through their online catalog quickly and The Airline shares the character of the Soviet designs but I'm not seeing a similarity to the OP's photo.

    tbh I kind of like the looks of the Tonika in the OP. The "so awkward that it loops all the way around back to being kind of cool" style is right up Eastwood's alley, so I'd love to see them take a whack at this.
  12. DDXdesign

    DDXdesign formerly 'jammadave' Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 15, 2003
    Could have been a short run:

    Eastwood Tonika bass 2017 black / red | The Emporium
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  13. tr4252


    May 27, 2013
    They would. For $400+ they sell a copy of the $37.50 Airline I got from Montgomery Ward in the 60's

    And who's the war hero with the balalaika, Keith Richards?


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  14. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    I love it but I just don't have the room for any more basses I won't play onstage anymore :D
  15. RickC


    Jun 9, 2005
  16. It's called bass-balalaika. Here's a video!

  17. InhumanResource

    InhumanResource Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2012
    Bucks County, PA
    I can go out and get a pretty slamming steak and cocktails for that kind of money.
  18. Matt O

    Matt O

    Feb 19, 2013
    The Mitten
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  19. RickC


    Jun 9, 2005
    How can you tell which factory it's from?

    The Lenin pin is ne plus ultra!

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  20. bbh

    bbh Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2011
    Ouch! It doesn’t look like it works.
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