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Upright Recommendation

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by MIMJAZZ, Mar 10, 2014.



    Dec 13, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    I'm in highschool and I've been playing electric bass for 10 years and upright for 6 or 7. I was renting an old Kay bass for a long time, but my mom said it would be better if I bought my own bass. So, I got something cheap as dirt. I've been playing a cruddy Carlos Robelli upright bass that I got for $200.

    Come graduation, I really want to have a nice upright to get me through college and beyond. What do you recommend?

    I need it to be as versatile as possible. Classical, Jazz, Bluegrass, Country, the whole works. That's why I love Kay basses so much, but I want to open my view to see if there is something else out there.

    What do you think?
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  3. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    I'm not familiar with Robelli but have you taken it to a luthier to see if a good setup would help? I mean if you only have $200 invested in it adding a little more into it could be worthwhile. Just make sure you take it to someone who will give you an honest assessment. Luckily, you live a city with a lot of resources.
  4. Jsn

    Jsn upright citizen Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2006
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Okay. You're a teenager with six or seven years of experience. Now you're looking to buy "a nice upright to get me through college and beyond." You also want it "to be a versatile as possible." So what should you buy?

    The only way to answer your question is with a question: how much can you afford to pay? Because the answer is: get the best bass you can afford. There are no abstract "best" basses, independent of pricetag. The search starts with a budget.

    Also: I'm a Kay owner myself, but I'll be the first to tell you it's not an ideal instrument for classical music.

  5. drurb

    drurb Oracle, Ancient Order of Rass Hattur; Mem. #1, EPC Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2004
    +1! I don't what you're up to sunshineflower7, but it's not lookin' good. :rollno:

    Perfect. :)