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Forum: Classical/Arco 02-13-2021, 07:20 PM
Replies: 6
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Posted By Ken Smith
As it is with most string problems, the bass...

As it is with most string problems, the bass plays a huge role and its adjustments.
Forum: For Sale By Ken Smith [DB] 02-02-2021, 10:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 5,658
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool old pics..

A couple of friends that have enjoyed playing the bass as well as yours truly, in concert.. ;)



Gary Karr and Stefano Sciascia
Forum: For Sale By Ken Smith [DB] 01-31-2021, 11:07 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 271
Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb a few more details..

The outer linings are smaller the normal size usually seen on German basses, allowing the ribs to move more.

The F-holes are the earlier Rubner and A.Meyer style, both neighboring Saxon makers at...
Forum: For Sale By Ken Smith [DB] 01-31-2021, 11:03 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 271
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool Otto Rubner, Markneukirchen c.1930 (Germany) NFS

Attributed to Otto Rubner c.1930. Having seen several Rubner and Meyer basses pictured and some in person, the tuners in the reverse order is the first thing that came to mind for Meyer. Then the...
Forum: Bows (and Rosin etc) 01-27-2021, 10:02 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 264
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool Louis Morizot Frères

Louis Morizot Frères (Morizot & Sons). Louis Gabriel Morizot was the responsible for making bass bows between the 5 brothers.

Orchestra/Solo Bass Bow beautifully preserved made in Mirecourt...
Forum: For Sale By Ken Smith [DB] 01-26-2021, 02:36 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 343
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool more pics..

Here are a few more pics of this Orchestra/Solo bass showing the details and amazing condition of this 60 years old German bass. It's a joy to play and sounds as good as it looks.
Forum: For Sale By Ken Smith [DB] 01-26-2021, 02:33 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 343
Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb Hofner c.1960 (Schroetter) NFS

Hofner, originally Austro-Bohemian founded in Schonbach in 1887. After WWII, they were forced to move to W. Germany and settled Bubenreuth/Bavaria.

This Bass, although labelled Anton Schroetter...
Forum: German/Czech Shop Basses 01-23-2021, 09:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 34,354
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 01-23-2021, 09:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 34,354
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 01-23-2021, 08:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 34,354
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: 3,854
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: 3,521
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: 6
Views: 282
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: 6
Views: 282
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: 4,647
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: 4,647
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: 268
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: 74,286
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: 74,286
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: 74,286
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: 74,286
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: 74,286
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: 413
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: 619
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: 741
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..
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