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Why Do People Sell " The Best Bass They Ever Played" So Often?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ZenG, Jan 11, 2018.

  1. Read that all the time here...
  2. nostatic

    nostatic Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2004
    lost angeles, CA
    Endorsing Artist: FEA Labs
    1. they are fickle
    2. they need cash
    3. they are lying (or being "optimistic")
    4. they found some new shiny object
    5. they don't like some aspect of the bass
    6. see #1
  3. murmur70


    May 3, 2017
    I did it because I needed the money for something else. I have regretted it everyday since and I eventually bought another just like it.
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  4. Wisebass


    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    Hi ZenG :)

    maybe because they need the money... :D

    to buy the best bass they ever played!!!!

    (hear that all the time on NBD posts :laugh::laugh::roflmao:)


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  5. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Sales. We're all in sales.


    Feb 10, 2016
    Michigan USA
    Did it a couple of times, now i know better.:smug:
  7. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    the Cali Intergalctic Mind Space
    Song Surgeon slow downer software- full 4 hour demo
    Because they want you to own the best bass you ever played.:thumbsup:
  8. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    the Cali Intergalctic Mind Space
    Song Surgeon slow downer software- full 4 hour demo
    Check's in the mail.:rollno:
  9. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    Because they only need one sucker that believes it. :D
  10. Jonithen


    Dec 3, 2012
    Seacoast NH
    If the second best is still good but lets me pay some bills I can see letting #1 brighten someone else's day
  11. nonohmic


    Dec 13, 2005
    ABQ, NM.
    When it's in the classifieds it's cause they are talking ish to make the sale.
  12. Maiden Bass

    Maiden Bass Banned

    Feb 11, 2007
    For me it's simple! Cause I found the NEXT Best Bass I've Ever Played, and can't afford to buy them all or I'll be in divorce court! :laugh:

    So out with the old and in with the new! :D
  13. inanimate_carb


    Aug 11, 2016
    I'm partially convinced that most TB members are looking for that magic bass that will allow them to recognizably play "YYZ" without any practice, effort, or sweat equity of any kind. One they figure out that the bass they have now won't do that, they'll say anything to move it to fund the one that they are sure WILL make "YYZ" happen. Then, they find out that bass won't help either. Lather, rinse, repeat.
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2018
  14. drewphishes

    drewphishes Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2017
    theyve all been recently professionally set up and have fresh strings on them as well
  15. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    "Best" doesn't mean "good". They could have only played crap basses before.

    Then again, they could also be hacks who spend more time looking at their instruments than playing them, so they may have little to no experience.
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  16. Thump C

    Thump C

    Dec 20, 2016
    For one reason only! MONEY!
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  17. Wasnex


    Dec 25, 2011
    IMHO #1 reason: The newness wore off.

    I have several awesome amps. The first time I plug in I am often amazed at how good an amp sounds. But over a few days I get bored and start nitpicking little nuances about the sound that I don't like; so, I rotate in another amp: Wow sounds and feels amazing!

    I don't really aim for a particular sound as I believe optimum voicing and feel varies by song. I apply the same philosophy to basses and speakers. Achieving the right sound/feel for a given tune may involve a specific bass, amp, speaker combination or may be achieved with a specific bass and DI.

    This illustrates one possible problem with a strict 1 in 1 out buying/selling practice. Unless you are breaking even on all transactions or, better yet, earning a profit; you might be better in the long run to keep a variety of basses, amps, speakers so you can satisfy your need for change. Probably still a good idea to cull from the heard every now and then, but if you are in no hurry you can often get a better return on your investment. YMMV.
  18. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    It's really hard to sell someone on the "worst bass I've ever played".
  19. nonohmic


    Dec 13, 2005
    ABQ, NM.
    I'd also like to petition to remove the whole 'What am I thinking?!', 'I reserve the right to come to my senses', 'I may just keep it' side of the classifieds.

    If you go through putting it up for sale, clearly you want it sold.
  20. MEKer

    MEKer Supporting member

    May 30, 2006
    after you have paid the bills---then you are happy also....
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