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Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 12-08-2016, 11:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 7,423
Posted By Shawn Charniga
I was more curious about what the heck it might...

I was more curious about what the heck it might actually be. There's a lot there that doesn't add up, and the paperwork is silent on the issue of attribution.

Do you happen to have any interesting...
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 12-07-2016, 03:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 7,423
Posted By Shawn Charniga
Hungarian Viennese model?

This one's been on the market for months. Anyone have thoughts on origin?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/272442221141?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
Forum: Amps, etc. [DB] 05-22-2016, 03:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 17,118
Posted By Shawn Charniga
The 1959 model year Fender Bassman had four 10"...

The 1959 model year Fender Bassman had four 10" speakers, not 12", and the original Ampeg Bass Amp was not at all the same as the later Portaflex amps. It was a one-piece combo with an open back and...
Forum: Bows (and Rosin etc) 02-19-2016, 11:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 9,095
Posted By Shawn Charniga
Much obliged. You have PM.

Much obliged. You have PM.
Forum: Bows (and Rosin etc) 02-19-2016, 10:30 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 9,095
Posted By Shawn Charniga
Oy. That's not a reply that inspires the...

Oy. That's not a reply that inspires the confidence to risk most of a week's salary on the bow being what the stamp says it is.
Forum: Bows (and Rosin etc) 02-18-2016, 02:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 9,095
Posted By Shawn Charniga
Giuseppe Vitale

Greetings, all

After struggling with the French grip, which I found uncomfortable, I gave up on it and have happily played German for the past five years. I occasionally use a faux-French grip on...
Forum: Yankee and Vintage American Basses 01-23-2016, 03:24 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 22,945
Posted By Shawn Charniga
True. It's not quite 20 years old and still moves...

True. It's not quite 20 years old and still moves around a fair amount as the seasons change, but it sounds quite good for what it is. I'm retired from performance for the foreseeable future, so I...
Forum: Yankee and Vintage American Basses 01-23-2016, 02:46 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 22,945
Posted By Shawn Charniga
Same experience here. I called him with the...

Same experience here. I called him with the measurements, and he remembered precisely the batch of instruments that included this one. It's robust, sounds great under the bow, and was ready to play,...
Forum: Yankee and Vintage American Basses 01-23-2016, 01:55 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 22,945
Posted By Shawn Charniga
That's what Merchant told me after the fact, but...

That's what Merchant told me after the fact, but like the saying goes, not with my money!

As I said above, I ended up buying a sweet Solano for less money from a very nice person who has since...
Forum: Yankee and Vintage American Basses 01-23-2016, 01:09 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 22,945
Posted By Shawn Charniga
If he would have been upfront with me about the...

If he would have been upfront with me about the estimate, I would have paid his $3k asking price and rolled the dice. Rewarding dishonest behavior with piles of cash seemed like a bad idea.
Forum: Yankee and Vintage American Basses 01-22-2016, 06:35 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 22,945
Posted By Shawn Charniga
I have much, much better pictures of that bass...

I have much, much better pictures of that bass pre-"restoration." The photos in the eBay ad are deceiving. The seller is not a musician; his late mother bought the bass from her teacher 50+ years...
Forum: Yankee and Vintage American Basses 08-11-2014, 04:22 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 22,945
Posted By Shawn Charniga
Bingo. Zachary Martin, who consigned the bass for...

Bingo. Zachary Martin, who consigned the bass for the previous owner, told me the bass was originally blockless and a German neck was added at some point, I assume when the block was added. God knows...
Forum: Yankee and Vintage American Basses 07-13-2013, 07:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 7,846
Posted By Shawn Charniga
I suspected as much, ha ha...I wish them all the...

I suspected as much, ha ha...I wish them all the luck in the world because I'd be hard-pressed to pay dollar one for that bass with all those funky old cracks and probably needing a neck block and a...
Forum: Yankee and Vintage American Basses 07-13-2013, 05:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 7,846
Posted By Shawn Charniga
The shop (assuming I called the right one, there...

The shop (assuming I called the right one, there are two in Dover) is calling it a Mittenwalder and gave the overall length as 72" and the lower bout width as 24". If they are correct about what it...
Forum: Yankee and Vintage American Basses 07-13-2013, 12:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 7,846
Posted By Shawn Charniga
I have photos and measurements on the way. The...

I have photos and measurements on the way. The clerk I spoke with claimed it had been "verified" (as what, he declined to say) and dropped the asking price by almost a grand during our five-minute...
Forum: German/Czech Shop Basses 06-13-2013, 04:09 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 8,753
Posted By Shawn Charniga
Est-ce Francias? Qu'en pensez vous?

Just for giggles, have a look at this -- I stumbled over this last night and, I have to admit, my eyes bugged out a little at a listing for a French bass under $4,000.

I called the shop owner, who...
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 06-09-2013, 06:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 15,019
Posted By Shawn Charniga
Chris Brown is a great guy; glad to hear he's...

Chris Brown is a great guy; glad to hear he's doing well. He was very helpful to me when I was trying to find a more appropriate home for a period bow I ended up with.
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 05-22-2013, 05:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 5,347
Posted By Shawn Charniga
The furniture guy just called me back. He...

The furniture guy just called me back. He refinished the bass in nitrocellulose lacquer after filling several finish gouges with epoxy. Ouch.
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 05-06-2013, 11:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 5,347
Posted By Shawn Charniga
I got the name and number of the furniture guy...

I got the name and number of the furniture guy from the seller. Can't help my morbid curiosity about what this poor old girl got slathered in.
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 05-06-2013, 11:35 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 12,900
Posted By Shawn Charniga
More than a few of the guys on TB and the...

More than a few of the guys on TB and the rockabilly forum would fall over if they heard that one. :eek::D

Melissa, definitely talk to Jerry Fretwell and James Condino. Both are great guys who...
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 05-04-2013, 03:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 12,900
Posted By Shawn Charniga
Her H-10 is basically the same as an M-3, which...

Her H-10 is basically the same as an M-3, which has a mensure of just over 35". That model is basically a 1/4 neck on a 1/2 body (if I remember correctly) and the few that I've played do not put out...
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 05-03-2013, 07:55 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 12,900
Posted By Shawn Charniga
Melissa, Not to clash with our host, but...

Melissa,

Not to clash with our host, but should you decide to abandon the baby Kay I have a lead for you if you're willing to buy blind through the mail.

A luthier I know in Massachusetts...
Forum: German/Czech Shop Basses 02-22-2013, 05:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 9,095
Posted By Shawn Charniga
Exactly. Thanks very much, and have a great...

Exactly. Thanks very much, and have a great weekend!
Forum: German/Czech Shop Basses 02-22-2013, 11:12 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 9,095
Posted By Shawn Charniga
Continued... ...

Continued...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v248/kungfusheriff/Gear/IMG_0536_zpscb882832.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v248/kungfusheriff/Gear/IMG_0538_zpsba726767.jpg
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Forum: German/Czech Shop Basses 02-22-2013, 11:04 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 9,095
Posted By Shawn Charniga
My basses

Morning, all.

Our host and I were having a conversation the other day, and the provenance of my basses came up. Since I don't really know what either of them are, he suggested I post photos so...
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