Why not a 1/2 size?

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by gottliver, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. gottliver


    Dec 20, 2004
    In my search for an upright, I came across a Nahrmann Korean 202 1/2 size. It is a 2001, in excellent almost new condition and has a 39" mensure. I have attached a photo, pls note the owner is 6' tall, to put its size in perspective.
    I'm 5'7" and found it very comfortable to play. It has an excellent setup, was as loud if not louder than the other basses I have played, had a very solid low end and overall great tone. Solid top, back, laminate sides, adjustable quarter sawn bridge (albeit with the lines going across the bridge from left to right )ebony board, nut and tailpiece.
    So why not a 1/2 size?
    I'm not pro, may play out, but mostly will be playing for fun and peace of mind.
    Thx All.

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    AMJBASS Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2002
    Ontario, Canada
    Nothing wrong with a half size if you find a good one. Generally the downsides outweigh the benefits when it comes to a smaller sized bass(as opposed to a 3/4). I had a half size for a while and it was a cool little bass. Didnt take up a ton of room in the car and was easy to play. It wasn't loud though. Glad you found one you like.
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  3. Eric Hochberg

    Eric Hochberg Supporting Member

    Jul 7, 2004
    If you dig it, why not, indeed? I've played a handful of smaller basses, and while some sound good on their own, compared to larger basses they didn't have the same depth of sound. If you ever decide to sell, your market will probably be younger students, so make sure you don't pay too much for it.
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