Torelli bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by Chandra, Jul 10, 2003.

  1. Chandra


    Jul 1, 2003
    I have just begun playing the bass and am renting a Torelli Sonata. We chose the Torelli because at the store, they had an entry-level Englehardt and a Torelli and the Torelli just sounded better - deeper, bigger sound. At any rate, I really like the instrument, but know that I should begin looking at purchasing a bass - the rental rate is steep and not cost-effective at all. The problem is that the Torelli is priced at about $2800. Given that I cannot find any information anywhere on the company or their instruments, I am wondering whether anyone in this forum knows about them and whether they are actually worth the $$$? I know I can get Englehardts (above the entry-level) and others cheaper - so is the Torelli worth the price? Right now I don't even know what woods the instrument is made out of!

  2. kip


    Sep 11, 2002
    Sausalito, Ca
    i'm not real familiar with bass "brands" and perhaps Torelli basses (as well as Torelli compositions) are fairly common.

    Stores often commission with builders for instruments of a particular pattern and quality that suits their market. This may be a "house brand' in that regard. I couldn"t find anything in Google.

    Talk to the merchant, if you haven't already done so. He should be willing and able to provide some background.
  3. nicklloyd

    nicklloyd Supporting Member/Luthier

    Jan 27, 2002
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    I'd bet that "Torelli Sonata" is some made-up trade name.
    If you give us a web address and name for this shop we can help you more...
  4. Chandra


    Jul 1, 2003
  5. mje

    mje Supporting Member

    Aug 1, 2002
    Southeast Michigan
    Anyone else notice "Ken Stanton" is a spoonerism of "Stan Kenton"? Hmm.

    I'd agree that a "Torelli" is probably a private labeled Asian bass. Might be good, might not. Get your teacher's advice... unles he or she works for "Ken Stanton" ;-)