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Forum: Italian Bass School 04-01-2022, 11:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 14,364
Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb Gag.?

About a decade later, give or take, I learned thru research that this bass is and was sold as 'Gagliano School' or maybe just Neapolitan and not made by any of the Gagliano family makers. Possibly by...
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 02-07-2022, 08:33 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 563
Posted By Ken Smith
Supply chain issues? In USA? We ship strings...

Supply chain issues? In USA? We ship strings every single day. Just call and order direct. No problem here.



On the bass, I know the specs, I just don't remember the number of 4s made in the...
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 02-06-2022, 01:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 563
Posted By Ken Smith
I would have to dig deep to find out but, 4s were...

I would have to dig deep to find out but, 4s were the least made.
Forum: For Sale By Ken Smith [DB] 02-02-2022, 11:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,684
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool Nee neck graft, fb, bridge, C-Extension

After nearly 100 years, this bass finally has a proper neck set along with all the other set-up needs to modern playing. String length is now 41 1/2".
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 02-02-2022, 05:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 697
Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb Ok, I missed the last pic.. Join my FB page on...

Ok, I missed the last pic.. Join my FB page on old Italian, German & English basses and you will gut some good opinions..

https://www.facebook.com/groups/647826905768205

Also try this page.. ...
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 02-02-2022, 12:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 697
Posted By Ken Smith
Yes, that is Max Pollmann. History is on the...

Yes, that is Max Pollmann. History is on the website here;


http://www.poellmann-contrabass.de/indexframe.htm



http://www.poellmann-contrabass.de/indexframe.htm
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 12-15-2021, 11:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 651
Posted By Ken Smith
Exclamation Not a bass like the ones we discuss here but...

Not a bass like the ones we discuss here but something factory-like made cheaper like today's Chinese basses. a Proper professional set-up and any repairs or replacement r sub-par components can...
Forum: Italian Bass School 12-01-2021, 11:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,230
Posted By Ken Smith
Exclamation I have no idea what it is or the age from these...

I have no idea what it is or the age from these pictures but I doubt it is a Dollenz. For that price if it was, would be ling buying gold for the price of silver.
Forum: Luthier's Corner 11-22-2021, 09:28 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,040
Posted By Ken Smith
I had one of these on a bass some years ago. I...

I had one of these on a bass some years ago. I don't remember it sticking up so high. These can also damage the top as well. Again, consult a bass luthier.
Forum: Luthier's Corner 11-22-2021, 09:27 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 595
Posted By Ken Smith
You should see a Bass Specialist Luthier. It...

You should see a Bass Specialist Luthier. It might need a New Bridge and nut to work properly.
Forum: Italian Bass School 11-20-2021, 09:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,230
Posted By Ken Smith
Wink Ok, I saw this on FB.. Not a Dollenz at all and...

Ok, I saw this on FB.. Not a Dollenz at all and not sure if it is Italian. Not old enough to be Dollenz either in my opinion.
Forum: Italian Bass School 11-17-2021, 01:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,230
Posted By Ken Smith
Exclamation Nothing there.

Nothing there.
Forum: Woods, Electronics, & Components 11-16-2021, 02:03 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 38,032
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool Slight difference in the 3/5 pc bodies.. I prefer...

Slight difference in the 3/5 pc bodies.. I prefer the 3 for a more organic sound. the 5 is slightly brighter as the extra laminates divide the woods that much more like an extra thin wall between...
Forum: Woods, Electronics, & Components 11-16-2021, 02:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,452
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool All basses we make are still made with old wood.

All basses we make are still made with old wood.
Forum: Woods, Electronics, & Components 11-15-2021, 06:55 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 38,032
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool Ok, well, your description doesn't quite meet my...

Ok, well, your description doesn't quite meet my ear here. It is the Walnut that gives the maple the mids and definition and not that other way around. As fa as Cocobolo goes, new regulations for...
Forum: Woods, Electronics, & Components 11-15-2021, 06:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,452
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool The current circuit came out in 2004, so quite...

The current circuit came out in 2004, so quite some time ago. The 3 differences are, 1-stronger pots, 2-uses 2 batteries for 18v so drain is slower. Also head room for distortion is higher but there...
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 11-09-2021, 07:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,001
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool Ok, all is good then.. Enjoy..

Ok, all is good then.. Enjoy..
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 11-09-2021, 12:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,001
Posted By Ken Smith
Exclamation I think it can be from there, Romania or Hungary...

I think it can be from there, Romania or Hungary or that region. The screws on the tuner plates are typical of what you see from Hungary when they put old Tuners on a new bass rather then the...
Forum: Woods, Electronics, & Components 10-24-2021, 03:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 984
Posted By Ken Smith
1, press the strings down over the 24. If it...

1, press the strings down over the 24. If it touched the Poles easily, it needs to be lower.. 2, Poles Flush.
Forum: Woods, Electronics, & Components 10-23-2021, 11:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 984
Posted By Ken Smith
1, Distance, so the strings do not hit the...

1, Distance, so the strings do not hit the pickups when pressed down hard.

2, Yes, we used them for a short time back then.
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 10-07-2021, 03:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,123
Posted By Ken Smith
Sorry, maybe it was TB..

Sorry, maybe it was TB..
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 10-07-2021, 11:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,123
Posted By Ken Smith
Exclamation Hard to tell from the pictures if this is...

Hard to tell from the pictures if this is laminated or not. Only a close look at the edges thru the varnish can tell. Hi-res pics of the edges that I can blow up will help. The bass is Germanic in...
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 09-28-2021, 11:35 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 924
Posted By Ken Smith
Ok, so not sure it's made by Otto Rubner like his...

Ok, so not sure it's made by Otto Rubner like his earlier basses or the GEWA Factory that later used his name and brand stamp. The bass-bar crack is a huge problem on new basses for value and needs...
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 09-09-2021, 11:24 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,479
Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb Sorry, that info is long gone. Manually tallied...

Sorry, that info is long gone. Manually tallied back then. Not sure if we saved the page.
Forum: For Sale By Ken Smith [DB] 08-27-2021, 04:41 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,708
Posted By Ken Smith
Smile Joseph & Antonio Gagliano, Naples c.1791 (In Restoration)(w/Certificate)

An extremely Rare Master Grade Double Bass by Joseph & Antonio Gagliano, sons of Nicolo.

Measurements to be added at a later date. Not currently for sale.

All parts including the Scroll and...
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