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Forum: German/Czech Shop Basses Yesterday, 10:04 PM
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Posted By Ken Smith
Cool http://www.kensmithbasses.com/doublebasses/morelli...

http://www.kensmithbasses.com/doublebasses/morelli/index.html (link corrected, post restoration)



Hi, 3 things here to mention.

1, the Ebony up at the neck heel 'platform'...
Forum: German School of Basses 06-11-2020, 02:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,815
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool Nice bass but 20-30k to cut it down and fix it...

Nice bass but 20-30k to cut it down and fix it properly. I can see the bass bar area is sunk in a bit there in your picture. I would suggest Robbie McIntosh for the job. He's like on of the best. He...
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 05-22-2020, 01:28 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 404
Posted By Ken Smith
Some type of lacquer I believe. Just keep it...

Some type of lacquer I believe. Just keep it clean. It was not a high gloss when new either.
Forum: For Sale [DB] 04-11-2020, 05:41 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 823
Posted By Ken Smith
Louis Lowendall, Berlin 1910

a Bass by Louis Lowendall (1842-1918), Berlin 1910. Fully Restored with C-Extension by AES NY, August 2016.

This is a 7/8ths (or 4/4 size of its time), 'BERLIN' stamped in the upper back...
Forum: German School of Basses 04-06-2020, 02:48 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 244
Posted By Ken Smith
Well, nothing listed of J/M Z.. in the German...

Well, nothing listed of J/M Z.. in the German book or full books of Jalovec. So, who was he or them? I have no idea. Outer linings are extra work so this is lighter construction. East of Saxony into...
Forum: Member Bass Clips [DB] 03-25-2020, 10:27 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 194
Posted By Ken Smith
Glenn Miller recording, 1972 band

Here I am playing on most of the tracks but not all of them. The first link we found had just 10 second clips. I played first with the GM band 50 years ago when I was just 18 in 1970. My son Jon...
Forum: Member Bass Clips [DB] 03-21-2020, 01:09 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 243
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool Jan. 2020, Marconcini bass in Jazz

Here's me with my Marconcini bass playing at a Pops concert.. 6 clips, phone recording.. :cool:

...
Forum: For Sale [DB] 03-14-2020, 09:40 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 506
Posted By Ken Smith
Paris/Bernardel School c.1900-1920

This is a beautiful French Bass, Paris/Bernardel School c.1900-1920. Unlike the Mirecourt school where just about every violin cornered bass has the Purfling going around both the upper top and back...
Forum: For Sale [DB] 03-09-2020, 09:37 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 845
Posted By Ken Smith
Thumbs up New C-Extension..

Custom handmade Ebony Chromatic C-Extension added by Keiran O'Hara, Brewster NY.


History, in French..

http://luthiers-mirecourt.com/mangenot1.htm
Forum: French Bass School 03-06-2020, 12:45 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 317
Posted By Ken Smith
Arrow Paris school..

Here's a French bass I just acquired. Although it was first thought to be a Mirecourt bass from the Jacquet or Lamy shop, one thing about it was bugging me. The Back Button area. Having violin...
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 03-02-2020, 11:35 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 985
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool Just a bit over 6,900 so far. Over...

Just a bit over 6,900 so far.



Over 6,700 made here in Pennsylvania (less than 200 made in NYC pre-1986)
Forum: KSD - Ken Smith Design 02-26-2020, 11:57 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 978
Posted By Ken Smith
Being that the KSD project was ended some time...

Being that the KSD project was ended some time ago, there are mainly only used ones on the market or new-old stock in the stores that sold them. I did get to try many or the earlier ones made and I...
Forum: Luthier's Corner 02-23-2020, 10:12 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,394
Posted By Ken Smith
Exclamation Hard to answer you without seeing the bass. You...

Hard to answer you without seeing the bass. You need to take it to a qualified Luthier that can modify this or.. replace the FB.. You string length is long to begin with. I am surprised that a model...
Forum: Modern Handmade Basses 02-08-2020, 03:55 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 502
Posted By Ken Smith
Arrow Bollbach #3

With my previously owned Bollbach #4 Lion head from 2003 (http://www.kensmithbasses.com/doublebasses/bollbach/) recently sold, I had a chance acquire his #3 bass made in 2001. This one is a Flatback...
Forum: For Sale [DB] 02-08-2020, 03:55 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 791
Posted By Ken Smith
Arrow Jeff Bollbach, NY 2001 Pallotta #3 (IN STOCK)

With my previously owned Bollbach #4 Lion head from 2003 (http://www.kensmithbasses.com/doublebasses/bollbach/) recently sold, I had a chance acquire his #3 bass made in 2001. This one is a Flatback...
Forum: German School of Basses 01-20-2020, 08:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 11,336
Posted By Ken Smith
Interesting..

Interesting..
Forum: German School of Basses 01-19-2020, 10:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 11,336
Posted By Ken Smith
Question Big Mystery here. I have since seen a few...

Big Mystery here. I have since seen a few blockless basses with names from both the Saxon and the Mittenwald areas but these are older basses, late 1800s and last 1700s. I don't know how the region...
Forum: For Sale [DB] 01-19-2020, 12:47 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 626
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool Marconcini model, 2012- (in restoration)

Pictured here is the 1st Bass we commissioned from the pattern of the Marconcini School Bass we have. The sound of this modified copy was better than we had expected but still, we are re-working...
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 01-02-2020, 03:44 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,987
Posted By Ken Smith
Exclamation Ok, first off, what sounds best to you and what...

Ok, first off, what sounds best to you and what plays best might not be the same. I am not sure of your experience in DBs to judge the quality of sound but I get that you are more of a beginner...
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 12-11-2019, 11:35 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,190
Posted By Ken Smith
Bridge is 1mm wider per string and nut is 1mm...

Bridge is 1mm wider per string and nut is 1mm wider per string.

Currently we are only making 18mm models.

This might change in the future as far as offering this as a custom item.
...
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 12-04-2019, 11:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,757
Posted By Ken Smith
I drove up once just to meet him. He was quite...

I drove up once just to meet him. He was quite busy. I didn't need any work but just took the time to know about him.
Forum: French Bass School 11-27-2019, 02:28 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,989
Posted By Ken Smith
Wink Extension being added soon..

I am using this bass personally at this time and will be adding a chromatic C-Extension next month..
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 11-22-2019, 10:22 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,624
Posted By Ken Smith
Thomastic Dominants?

Thomastic Dominants?
Forum: Used Smith Basses (for sale or wanted) 10-14-2019, 06:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,692
Posted By Ken Smith
Question Solid blue, trans blue/ash or trans blue maple? 3...

Solid blue, trans blue/ash or trans blue maple? 3 or 5pc neck? Pics?
Forum: For Sale [DB] 09-05-2019, 08:51 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,057
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool and..

Some additional pictures..
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