Yet another 'Bought a new bass today' thread!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Matthew West, Sep 29, 2001.

  1. On the way home from Baltimore today, I stopped by Chuck Levin's / Washingon Music Center. After nosing around for ten or fifteen minutes and playing a few basses, I went to the counter, and told the salesman what I was looking for - Music Man Sterling, Pearl Blue, solid black pickguard, rosewood board. He checked his inventory, and sure enough, he had one. After he went to the warehouse to get it (new in the box - never opened), I played it for a while, and told him to wrap it up. Mine for the low low price of $995.00.

    Funny thing though - I don't get it until Tuesday. Since I am a Virginia resident, it was $30 cheaper to pay for it there and have it shipped to me here in Richmond (the difference between $20 shipping and $50 Maryland sales tax). I can wait though. So all in all, a grand total of $1015. Not too shabby if I do say so myself.

    I may post pictures when it comes. Maybe not. You guys know what it looks like... :p
  2. joel the bass player

    joel the bass player Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2000
    Omaha, NE
    Sounds like a great bass! I wish there was a store like that in my area that had inventory. Every store here has only what you see. Hopefully I will be getting a new Stingray soon. Post some pictures so we can see the real beauty!
  3. melvin


    Apr 28, 2001
    Can I have it? :D
  4. Great!

    Have you got to try it out w/ a band yet?
  5. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Portland, OR
    Everyones getting Sterlings an Stingrays...I don't get it :confused: I tried to like them. Just didn't work.

    Though, the Peal Blue/Black PG/Rosewood is really attractive looking, especially with a black or matched headstock. Plus, they have the SR5 elctronics, which are pretty cool.
  6. No, but I have practice Tuesday night. We'll see how it really works out then. I'm pretty good about being able to take almost any bass and making it work for me. I like how it sounds regardless, so I don't think it should be a problem.

    I got the normal headstock. Didn't really care to shell out the extra bucks for the matched deal. I think the maple fretboard looks better, but I like the way that the rosewood plays and sounds better.
  7. snyderz


    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    Congrats on the new Sterling, MW.
  8. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Congrats on your new bass!!!!

    I'm with you. I have a love/hate relationship w/MM's. I love the way they play & feel, but I never like the sound I get from tham in a band situation.

    IMO, that is the BEST color in the MM line!!!! :)
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  9. The same thing would cost me about £1300:(.

    That's $1917:mad::mad::mad:
  10. Dave Castelo

    Dave Castelo

    Apr 19, 2000
    there should be a whole new forum for showing up new basses :D
  11. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    Congrats Matthew!

    See, I'm with Brendan and Nino (especially Nino). LOVE the way the look, play, and feel...but I don't like the tone.

  12. Yep PanteraFan, I was thinking exactly the same.

    Pearl Blue sounds nice. Enjoy it!

    I didn't realise you might get different taxes that applied locally! (And yes I know it is a big place!) So some states are cheaper to live in than others??
  13. catwig1


    Mar 4, 2001
    Brighton, UK
    I hear that :(. Every time someone over here gets a new bass I dread to hear the price. It seems like we're getting ripped off on every purchase. Even thing made in the UK are cheaper/the same price over there. BUT I always get a smile when I hear them talking about Wals because second hand here they are only £900 - 1200 ($1,327.68 to 1,770.24) for a newer model 5 string! But new they are £1800ish ($2,655.36) last time I talked to them (a few years ago). The highest extreme seems to be Lakland where they sell for £1800 ($2,655.36) new or more for the 5 string:(:confused: .

    BUT since I had a friend start working in a music shop I found that you can get massive discounts if you ask/haggle and are ready to buy - not just looking. When I bought my Jazz I got the sunburst r/w for £700 ($1,032.64) more than £100 off the normal shop price.
    What I have learned is always haggle and speak to someone who can authorise the price cut and see what else they are willing to throw in.

  14. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    Yep. Sales tax varies from state to state, and a lot of cities add 1% - 3% as well. I can get 1 1/2% cheaper sales tax in some suburbs than I get in Dallas proper.

    Also, a lot of states have a state income tax too, while Texas does not - One of the many reasons that I live there.;)
  15. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    Damn, I thought I was the only one on this planet who didn't care for them! I have company, yay! :D

    I too tried to like them, I really tried, but with their repulsive looks, clunky feel, so-so tone and hefty price tag ($2000+ around here), i just couldn't do it.
  16. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    Yeah, but states that have income tax don't have sales tax.

    Wow Oysterman...I wouldn't pay more than $800 for a Musicman, let alone $2000!!!! :eek:
  17. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    That's what the price tags say, but I bet they have some, eh, "headroom" in their prices... ;) They MUST have! :eek:
  18. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    Where did you get that information?

    Just at a quick glance I found that California, New York, New Jersey, and Rhode Island all have both state income tax and state sales tax.
  19. Um, no. Here in Virginia, we have sales tax and income tax.

    And according to interstate commerce laws, if you mail order something from another state, you aren't required to pay that state's sales tax. Similarly, if you buy something in person in another state, you don't have to pay sales tax if you have it shipped to you.
  20. Not in Illinois and New York, at least. Some states get the rev'nuin' goin' any way they kin...:D

    BTW, Matthew: if the out-of-state entity you're buying from has a location in your state, you have to pay your state's sales tax. This was the result of much whining on the part of the (mostly Southern) states which don't collect state income tax.