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Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 02-16-2018, 12:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 75
Posted By Ken Smith
I don't know who he is, what he sees or what he...

I don't know who he is, what he sees or what he knows. The Standards here might be different than there.
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 02-16-2018, 10:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 75
Posted By Ken Smith
107 is ok but for a beginner, 103 -105 is better....

107 is ok but for a beginner, 103 -105 is better. Still, the repairs are not so good but if the bass is cheap, take it to a bass luthier b4 you buy it and have it checked out.
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 02-15-2018, 02:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 75
Posted By Ken Smith
Exclamation Scroll Repaired, back repair where the neck broke...

Scroll Repaired, back repair where the neck broke out from it before, bad over varnishing, etc.. Value for a bass that no one wants to play? I don't want the bass at any price. Fixing it and making...
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 02-15-2018, 01:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 75
Posted By Ken Smith
Exclamation This is a Low End (made on the cheap) Germanic...

This is a Low End (made on the cheap) Germanic bass, turn of the century or so, Flat back with plain woods and beech neck. Many ugly repairs but not too many of them. Over or re-varnished as well....
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 02-13-2018, 12:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 74
Posted By Ken Smith
string length

43" is considered 1" longer than desired in USA today. 40.5"-42" is the accepted norm these days. I have played longer but basses over 42" are more difficult to sell to Orchestra players and students.
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 02-12-2018, 12:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 74
Posted By Ken Smith
Exclamation well..

Well, I think the neck is beech and has been broken. With neck graft, FB and bridge, 4-5k fix. The varnish looks stripped. Basses like this usually run more to fix than they are worth. If if fully...
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 02-11-2018, 07:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 74
Posted By Ken Smith
Exclamation hey.......

REDUCE the pics.. They are 4 screens wide!..

"I'm not sure what I have."

Really, would you but a car like that knowing nothing?

Please reduce your pics and use with the links in-between...
Forum: Woods, Electronics, & Components 02-07-2018, 06:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 63
Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb walnut neck stringers?

First off, the laminates in the Neck are NOT Walnut. They are probably Morado if dark brown. If reddish brown, they are Bubinga.

The only two woods we have on that List are Bubinga and Cocobolo...
Forum: Woods, Electronics, & Components 02-06-2018, 04:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 54
Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb Ok, they look like the original knobs. The shafts...

Ok, they look like the original knobs. The shafts are different sizes I believe as well. Are you using the right size wrench to tighten them? The small ones might us a .050" (same as the bridge). The...
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 02-06-2018, 04:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,193
Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb Letters were not used in the beginning. That is a...

Letters were not used in the beginning. That is a 1990 bass #440, 5-string. The Burner basses before late 1992 had circuits from Japan. After that, we used our printed circuit boards made here in USA.
Forum: Woods, Electronics, & Components 02-05-2018, 03:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 54
Posted By Ken Smith
Question ??

Only I would know, I think. Pics of the bass?
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 02-04-2018, 08:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,193
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool Yes, just the shape of the body and head were...

Yes, just the shape of the body and head were changed. Burners were the BT model and the BSR'B' were the BSR models. Burners before late 1992 had a different circuit.
Forum: Luthier's Corner 01-19-2018, 01:55 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 145
Posted By Ken Smith
Exclamation Noo

That is a Guitar store. Double Bass Luthier. Memorize that. Or, your bass will never be correct.
Forum: Luthier's Corner 01-18-2018, 10:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 145
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool well..

First. get a teacher who is a professional Double bass player that also knows basses and also go to a professional double bass luthier as well. You can ask questions on line all day but we haven't...
Forum: Woods, Electronics, & Components 01-12-2018, 12:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,285
Posted By Ken Smith
Again, Not much difference as the Ebony will...

Again, Not much difference as the Ebony will dominate the sound.

Think of a hot knife thru butter. The Mahogany is more of a filler and the brighter sound of the walnut might add some edge to the...
Forum: Woods, Electronics, & Components 01-11-2018, 09:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,285
Posted By Ken Smith
Not much difference as the Ebony will dominate...

Not much difference as the Ebony will dominate the sound. Since every piece is different, there is no exact way to test it. Just by averages.
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 01-04-2018, 03:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,662
Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb Thickness difference is about the fret height...

Thickness difference is about the fret height amount.

Same woods used per the model made, fretted or fretless.
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 01-03-2018, 05:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,662
Posted By Ken Smith
Exclamation Convert? xxx

We make the Fingerboards thicker on the Fretless models to make up for the height of the Frets. If not, the Bridge will be too low and at the wrong angle for the strings at the bridge saddles.

If...
Forum: Woods, Electronics, & Components 12-31-2017, 11:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 218
Posted By Ken Smith
To clean and oil the FB take them all off. If on...

To clean and oil the FB take them all off. If on a gig, one at a time.
Forum: Woods, Electronics, & Components 12-31-2017, 01:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 218
Posted By Ken Smith
3-4 ... ....

3-4 ... ....
Forum: Woods, Electronics, & Components 12-21-2017, 02:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 215
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool No problem. It's what I do. :cool:

No problem. It's what I do. :cool:
Forum: Woods, Electronics, & Components 12-21-2017, 02:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 215
Posted By Ken Smith
Exclamation We use a cloth but with any sweat or DNA on the...

We use a cloth but with any sweat or DNA on the bass, dust or dirt, it might need more. Worn finish basses are less easy to clean as things get pushed into the pores of the exposed raw/dry...
Forum: Woods, Electronics, & Components 12-21-2017, 02:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 218
Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb ML is medium c/g/d.. Light A, E, B. Not the...

ML is medium c/g/d.. Light A, E, B. Not the balanced set we put on the bass but see what happens.
Forum: Woods, Electronics, & Components 12-21-2017, 12:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 215
Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb Re-finish is expensive. Very. Call me to discuss...

Re-finish is expensive. Very. Call me to discuss it. The current finish, materials and process is different now than back then as well.
Forum: Woods, Electronics, & Components 12-21-2017, 12:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 218
Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb TCRM-6 set? In a set-up, we replace the...

TCRM-6 set?

In a set-up, we replace the strings as well so if coming here for that or sending the bass soon, hold off on putting new strings. Cost depends on the work needed but for a 6, starts at...
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