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Which one (sorry for the cliché)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by artistanbul, Jul 25, 2003.


  1. artistanbul

    artistanbul Nihavend Longa Vita Brevis

    Apr 15, 2003
    Turkey-Istanbul
    Yeah I know it is a rather cliché topic but I couldn't come up with anything better. Anyway..

    I am planning to buy a neck through bass. Preferrably a 5'er. But a good sound is more important. I've made searches here in talkbass, and harmony central. And came up with the conclusion that I have no conclusion at all. And again I am calling fellow TB'ers to help.

    Here is my list:
    Copley 59-NT
    Kawai Alembic Copy
    Cort A-5
    Hohner B Bass IV or V

    In Turkey I could only try the Cort Artisan. And I was quite happy with the sound. And my heart is with the Kawai though I have absolutely no idea what it sounds like (but "piano resembling" adjective and alembic kinda looks really turns me on.)


    So please help me give a decision. Any other bass within the price range is welcome as well.. Thanks.
     
  2. artistanbul

    artistanbul Nihavend Longa Vita Brevis

    Apr 15, 2003
    Turkey-Istanbul
  3. bodhan

    bodhan

    Nov 19, 2002
    Brazil
    I had a Cort NA5: sounds ok, but it's too heavy and unconfortable to play for me. Very close string spacing and bad B string sound.
    For the style I use play (jazz and Brazilian music) the Fender JazzBass 4 strings is much better.
    Good luck.
     
  4. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    If it was me, I'd go for the Kawai. Excellent basses, and do a fair impression of an Alembic. The bass player for a local (well, formerly local) used one with a Hartke rig, and it sounded great. I got a chance to sit down for a few minutes with it, and it played pretty darned good.

    I think there's some other Kawai threads here on TB, but I think the consensus is that they are a great deal for a good bass. Can usually be had for about $300-450ish USD whenever they pop up on EBay.

    I wouldn't mind one. Nice axes.
     
  5. RicPlaya

    RicPlaya

    Apr 22, 2003
    Whitmoretucky MI
    Spectors are awesome! Or a Warwick if you afford it. Like I always say try a bunch out, play them throught your head at the music store, then go from there...good luck
     
  6. artistanbul

    artistanbul Nihavend Longa Vita Brevis

    Apr 15, 2003
    Turkey-Istanbul
    Well that's the problem. I can't play'em before I buy'em. These basses don't exist where I live.
    So it's like a blind date. That's why I'm begging you for some advices.

    I know that Spector gets some excellent reviews, but as far as I know, those all refer to bolt-on models (I am not sure if spector has neckthrus either(edit: now I am sure. It has. :D). And I am sort of stuck to buying a neckthru.
     
  7. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    Melnibone
    Of the choices listed, I'd go with the Kawai. I really don't have any experience with any of those basses, but the one Kawai that I have seen was pretty nice.
     
  8. artistanbul

    artistanbul Nihavend Longa Vita Brevis

    Apr 15, 2003
    Turkey-Istanbul
    Well, I gues that's all I can get out of you. :) OK. Kawai it is.
     
  9. Kelvin

    Kelvin

    Apr 30, 2000
    Singapore.
    Was there a Yamaha TRB in a music store shop window along Istikal Caddesi a week or more ago?

    Can't remember the name of the shop but its on the left side of the street away from Taksim square.
     
  10. RicPlaya

    RicPlaya

    Apr 22, 2003
    Whitmoretucky MI
    Sorry you don't have a lot of access to try out some basses, Spector makes neck throughs, I like them all a lot, I know a lot of players do out there, if you have a chance try one out, if not I really like them...hope it helps
     
  11. artistanbul

    artistanbul Nihavend Longa Vita Brevis

    Apr 15, 2003
    Turkey-Istanbul
    Sure there is. But.. it really really exceeds my pocket range.

    I'll be on the lookout for spectors then.
    Thanks people.
     
  12. Kelvin

    Kelvin

    Apr 30, 2000
    Singapore.
    Yes, I bet that would cost quite a bit.

    What I meant to say was... maybe the shop stocks other Yamaha basses. I walked by it on a sunday and it was closed.

    They're known to be good value for money. You might want to consider.