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What bass is this?

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by SRT80, Sep 30, 2010.

  1. I went to a local shop today and they had 1 upright bass. The guy told me it's a late 80s model. Solid wood, not laminate, blond finish, ebony fingerboard. Had single tuners, not the usual plate with tuners like I have been seein' on some basses.

    The bass is in great shape. It felt pretty good too, even though it was the first time I have ever touched a upright. It sounded great when he played it. He did say the action could be brought down with some nut work. Can't remember if he mentioned anything about the bridge.

    He told me $1400 which sounded pretty good to me. Said he will do the nut work and setup for no extra charge, throw in a padded gig bag, stand, and offered to even do side inlays for me, included.

    I think he said its a Fresner maybe? Or what's a name that sounds similar? Here's the bass. Not the best picture. Was done with cell phone.


  2. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Commercial User

    May 24, 2006
    Crescent Beach, BC
    Owner of The Bass Spa, String Repairman at Long & McQuade Vancouver
    How about Pfretschner? ;)

    Please take someone who plays/teaches/repairs DOUBLE BASSES to the store with you before you plunk down your hard-earned cash. Between the fact that you've never touched a DB before and the store not being a DB specialist its a bit like the blonde leading the blonde, if you catch my drift! ;)

    It could be a good deal on a sweet bass - or not - but I can't tell from way over here...

    Good luck, Jake
  3. jpfbass


    Sep 28, 2009
    It sounds like a good deal, I mean setups and gigbags will set you back a few hundred, so it's great all of thats included.
    However, I agree you should bring someone in to check it out, seeing as your not very experienced with DB's.
  4. I believe he is a specialist. Maybe not a Uptons Bass type shop as he deals in alot of stringed instruments. He said he takes care of alot Opry members and he also said he did some work on Ira Deans (Trick Pony) aluminum bass. He said his bass is the same brand. Named other artist too.

    Pfretzschner.....I guess that's why I wasn't comin' up with anything while searching...haha.

    The shop is full of mandolins, banjos, violins, guitars. It's a legit shop. I really don't think he would put somethin' bad off.

    It's still a little out of my range, but I might could come up with the cash. I was just wantin' to do some research on it.

    Appreciate the help though,
  5. Phil Rowan

    Phil Rowan Supporting Member

    Mar 2, 2005
    Brooklyn, NY
    Looks like it could be something good, for sure. I'm sure the guy knows what he's doing with those other instruments (and hey, maybe even w/ the double bass).. but, I'd still want to take it to a shop that actually specializes strictly in double basses (i.e. a luthier), because it's a pretty specialized type of instrument. And all that stuff aside, it never hurts to get a 2nd opinion, right?
  6. I understand about havin' someone check it out. But to be honest. It's really out of my range. It's just the closest shop to me that had a bass for me to actually try. I was always concerned that I would make a 3/4 bass look small...bein' 6'5"/250lbs. But this thing is HUGE....haha

    I do have to say though, holdin' just messin around with open strings.....it just felt right. I might feel that way about any bass since I don't have the experience. The owner even told me if I didn't buy a bass from him he would still gladly service any bass...if I bought a used one or from somewhere else.

  7. PaulKing


    Apr 17, 2004
    London, UK
    As everyone has said, no guarantees until someone checks it over...

    That looks like it could be a real sweet deal on a nice bass.
  8. drurb

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

    Apr 17, 2004
    Bingo! Listen to the good advice you've been given here.
  9. Bass


    Nov 10, 2003
    Hi Steve. You must be window shopping, eh? 'Cause if $1400 is out of your range, your options for a decent double bass becomes very limited.
  10. drurb

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

    Apr 17, 2004
    I thought he meant that other bass shops were out of his range! ;)
  11. No, the $1400 price is a little out of my range. I don't mind spending the money on a bass. Was just hopin' to start out on somethin' cheaper. I'm still not gonna rule this one out though. I have a couple drum kits and a couple snares I could sale.

    But I have already heard all about the nightmares of cheaper basses. So let's not go there again....haha.

  12. drurb

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

    Apr 17, 2004
    ...but have you seen the video? ;)
  13. jdepriest


    Sep 20, 2005
    Waynesburg, Pa
    What shop is that? I used to live in Nashville and it looks familiar.
  14. Steve, maybe he'll let you take it out on loan for a day or two. Then you could drop by a bass luthier's and let them look it over.

    I'd say, if it's a healthy Pfretschner that sounds decent, it'd be a great first bass. 1400 is not much for a healthy bass, but I wouldn't spend anything without a second opinion.
  15. This bass is at The String Shop in Murfreesboro.

    The only other shop I know of around here that has good reviews is Williams Fine Violins. They do have the Samuel Shen SB80 all setup and ready to go for $1650.

    I'd feel a little strange bringing a bass in to his shop, from another shop to have him check it out. Kind of like the Andy Griffith Show when Aunt Bee bought the bargain meat from another shop and when the freezer quit, she went to see if her regular meat man (who she didn't buy from) would store it in his freezer....ok I'm gettin' carried away.....haha.

    But you see what I'm sayin'? I guess I would have to pay a luthier to look it over. But I really don't even have any doubts on The String Shop. They seem like good people. I even felt good walkin' in the shop. They even invited me to their jam in October and just met me that day. Even told me if he still had the bass, I could play it at the jam. But I don't know how to play....haha.

  16. If you throw the guy a few bucks for a second opinion you'll have nothing to feel funny about. Right?
  17. CPike


    May 28, 2005
    Dallas, TX
    Ahem, it's "Pfretzschner", with a 'z' - OK, OCD moment has passed, carry on...

  18. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Commercial User

    May 24, 2006
    Crescent Beach, BC
    Owner of The Bass Spa, String Repairman at Long & McQuade Vancouver
    Good catch. Thanks! ;)
  19. F Y I - http://www.gollihurmusic.com/luthiers.cfm

    AN IMPORTANT NOTE:, Those in this listing are not endorsed or recommended by us simply by their appearance here, so choose carefully.
    Please understand that this directory is simply a listing of people and shops that have been gathered by or submitted to us. Anybody can claim to be a bass repairman regardless of his actual knowledge or experience. Getting references from other respected bass players may be the best way to check on the quality of work before making an appointment.


    Nashville, Derek Zelenka
    615-838-4089 martinluthierking@gmail.com

    Nashville, Williams Fine Violins
    Full Service shop, all strings

    Nashville, Jim Ferguson Double Bass Shop
    fax: 615-463-8747 jim@jimfergusonmusic.com
    Setup, repair work, sells strings and accessories. Part-time

    Nashville, Dustin Art Williams
    615-429-2927 http://www.WilliamsFineViolins.com Dustin@WilliamsFineViolins.com
    Bass Maker, repairs, sales, bow rehairs, grad of Violin Making School

    Milan, Holmes Bass Viol
    731-742-4107 http://www.holmesbassviol.com wholmesbassviol@yahoo.com
    Restore, repair, sell, buy basses and other bowed instruments.
  20. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Commercial User

    May 24, 2006
    Crescent Beach, BC
    Owner of The Bass Spa, String Repairman at Long & McQuade Vancouver
    Hey OCD, I just looked at the photo of the label in my customer's Pfretschner and it has no 'z'.

    Sorry dude...

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