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Forum: German/Czech Shop Basses Yesterday, 09:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 33,639
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool The maker of that bass by the way is Wenzle B....

The maker of that bass by the way is Wenzle B. Wilfer. Juzek was not their only customer,
Forum: German/Czech Shop Basses Yesterday, 09:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 33,639
Posted By Ken Smith
Exclamation also..

That label made in where? Is not correct with that date. After WWII, all instruments came from Bubenreuth/Wilfer and Mittenwald/Lang on the basses from my understanding. The made in Czech. area...
Forum: German/Czech Shop Basses Yesterday, 08:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 33,639
Posted By Ken Smith
Exclamation First off, I don't think it is a MA model. The...

First off, I don't think it is a MA model. The 'Copy of' and the 905' are Violin #s and Label. Often seen in basses. The Basses never had 'copy of' and were 405 (I can check the old Catalog next...
Forum: For Sale By Ken Smith [DB] 01-14-2021, 04:00 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 3,148
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool more pics..

Body shots, f-holes, purfling and pegbox/button..
Forum: French Bass School 01-11-2021, 03:22 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,964
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool C-Ext. added..

Now with a beautiful handmade Chromatic C-Extension by Keiran O'Hara in Brewster NY.
Forum: Classical/Arco 01-03-2021, 03:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 102
Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb Call Pirastro. Ask for Adrian Muller. Use my name...

Call Pirastro. Ask for Adrian Muller. Use my name as a reference. He knows me.
Forum: Classical/Arco 01-03-2021, 10:07 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 102
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool I think you should try the Stark 92 G or even use...

I think you should try the Stark 92 G or even use G and D 92..
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 12-29-2020, 06:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,094
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool Please Email me or Call....

Please Email me or Call. http://www.kensmithbasses.com/contact/
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 12-29-2020, 03:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,094
Posted By Ken Smith
Exclamation That is NOT a Smith circuit in any way, shape or...

That is NOT a Smith circuit in any way, shape or form. Not our Jack and not our work, sorry. We still make that Circuit and they now have a DIP panel as well.
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 12-24-2020, 11:13 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 133
Posted By Ken Smith
Please email or call me after the holidays..

Please email or call me after the holidays..
Forum: German School of Basses 11-24-2020, 12:20 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 72,420
Posted By Ken Smith
Thumbs up Very interesting old German basses. Thanks for...

Very interesting old German basses. Thanks for posting these.
Forum: German School of Basses 11-23-2020, 11:11 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 72,420
Posted By Ken Smith
Thumbs up Ok, great.. keep at it.. It will come..

Ok, great.. keep at it.. It will come..
Forum: German School of Basses 11-23-2020, 09:58 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 72,420
Posted By Ken Smith
Thumbs up Wow.. Nice.. The principal is a 4-string? Italian...

Wow.. Nice.. The principal is a 4-string? Italian or English bass? Also I see mostly big 5s and one bass with Extension.. Nice mix. Great orchestra.. Which one is you?
Forum: German School of Basses 11-22-2020, 07:52 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 72,420
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool Well, usually that rosette is seen in a few small...

Well, usually that rosette is seen in a few small Maggini basses and old Viols. This is a big German bass. Totally out of character for that decoration. My guess is a new top as it doesn't have the...
Forum: German School of Basses 11-22-2020, 05:03 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 72,420
Posted By Ken Smith
Exclamation humm

The bass looks refinished and maybe the Top is new. I don't see the age there and the rosette?, never seen one on a German bass.
Forum: German School of Basses 11-10-2020, 01:00 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 281
Posted By Ken Smith
German/Czech Factory bass made possibly before...

German/Czech Factory bass made possibly before WWII. Poorly re-finished as well. The neck is beech-wood.



Reproduction of someone that never made a bass and by a person that never lived, a...
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 11-10-2020, 12:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 476
Posted By Ken Smith
VP = V=5 piece body wings P= 4A...

VP =

V=5 piece body wings
P= 4A presentation grade. One grade below 5A exhibition.



All Black Tiger basses have Graphite inlaid necks.
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 10-12-2020, 11:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 582
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool The Videos are usually on YouTube. 4s...

The Videos are usually on YouTube.



4s were always 19mm


We may have done a NT 4 ages ago. Ages..
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 10-11-2020, 07:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 582
Posted By Ken Smith
Wink We will be doing some more soon but both my son...

We will be doing some more soon but both my son Jon and I have been quite busy.
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 10-05-2020, 09:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,133
Posted By Ken Smith
1900s.. Most basses are over apprised, higher...

1900s.. Most basses are over apprised, higher value, higher pedigree and back dated to the wrong century and wrong country. I see many basses appraised completely wrong.
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 10-05-2020, 08:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,133
Posted By Ken Smith
Too many people say Mittenwald or Tyrol for a...

Too many people say Mittenwald or Tyrol for a German or Czech bass they can't be sure of. The button on the pegbox is very Czech/Bohemian like.


Instead of being sharp around the lower edges of...
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 10-05-2020, 07:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,133
Posted By Ken Smith
Mittenwald with a round back? I think I am...

Mittenwald with a round back? I think I am correct. You should look at sites with Neuner and Hornsteiner basses and see what they look like. Mittenwald is used too often to ID Saxon basses.
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 10-05-2020, 12:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,133
Posted By Ken Smith
The bass is Germanic. Maybe Saxony or across the...

The bass is Germanic. Maybe Saxony or across the border on the Czech side/Bohemia. Early 1900s. The finish does not look original to me. Nice quality instrument.
Forum: For Sale By Ken Smith [DB] 09-12-2020, 06:25 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 5,089
Posted By Ken Smith
Arrow Recordings..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8mNItCy2nk&t=235s


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcRf...iza3FoxzdhQnTo...
Forum: Hybrid DB Strings 09-04-2020, 05:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 19,170
Posted By Ken Smith
13 years ago I posted that..lol.. Spiros are the...

13 years ago I posted that..lol.. Spiros are the brightest and not an orchestra for most. Ask the luthier who made your bass. He should know what works best on his basses for your desired sound....
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