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Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 06-13-2018, 04:37 PM
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Posted By Ken Smith
I can only tell from seeing it, sorry.

I can only tell from seeing it, sorry.
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 06-13-2018, 11:13 AM
Replies: 5
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Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb I think back then, the core woods would have been...

I think back then, the core woods would have been Mahogany. I would need to see them better on the sides to tell but dark mahogany in a picture might be hard to tell from lighter walnut.
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 06-13-2018, 10:22 AM
Replies: 5
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Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb There was NO Elite model name then. If you loosen...

There was NO Elite model name then. If you loosen the treble knob, lift it a hair and then re-tighten it, all should be good.



Also, these are old. Things can happen.



No matter what...
Forum: Modern Handmade Basses 06-10-2018, 04:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,282
Posted By Ken Smith
I can't blow up the pics but looks like maple but...

I can't blow up the pics but looks like maple but low figured. Anigre is different. My pics here is Anigre, ribs and back. The neck is maple..
Forum: Luthier's Corner 06-08-2018, 03:36 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 15,298
Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb Update..

These are the Tuners I prefer now. I have had them put on 3 of my basses already and love them. New model of Antiqued Rubner gears.
Forum: New Forum Member Introductions 05-27-2018, 11:57 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 72
Posted By Ken Smith
Thumbs up Great.. Welcome to the Forum and enjoy your new...

Great.. Welcome to the Forum and enjoy your new Tiger.. :cool:
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 05-20-2018, 08:20 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 14,023
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool but..

And then there was one. I brought the Kreutzer and Prague bass up to Brewster to sell. I have several more basses coming out of restoration so I am making room here. After playing my last show with...
Forum: Modern Eastern Europe 05-11-2018, 12:58 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 21,594
Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb Re-Cap

Sorry to have left this out here but a couple of years after the Bisiach labeled bass was sold, I learned even more about the bass from some bass dealers from Hungary that visited me.


So, I just...
Forum: Member Bass Clips [DB] 04-22-2018, 04:31 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 81
Posted By Ken Smith
Thumbs up Star Wars concert, April 2017..

Star Wars concert, Lowendall bass..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yldPIFZ5yIc&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08xqMljjJDE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1V1faoVyTGI
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 03-28-2018, 11:43 AM
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Views: 374
Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb Pitch angle of Bridge-Tailpiece in Degrees....

Pitch angle of Bridge-Tailpiece in Degrees. Length of after tuning. Saddle height. I heard that 1 degree change is 1" of saddle height, etc. But that depends on the length from saddle to Bridge....
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 03-24-2018, 11:50 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 14,023
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool well..

With several of my basses now up in Brewster for sale, I am left with 3 in my possession for gigs and practice. Marconcini school (orchestra), Kreutzer (shows and other), Prague/Viennese (home...
Forum: Used Smith Basses (for sale or wanted) 03-13-2018, 10:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 636
Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb That is the Burner Custom model with Upgraded...

That is the Burner Custom model with Upgraded Smith J pickups.. FYI.

The Street Price in 1999 was $1800 with case.

BSR 'B' Custom (DISCONTINUED)
Features a selected Figured Maple or ...
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 03-13-2018, 12:48 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 311
Posted By Ken Smith
Exclamation Take it to he BEST Double Bass Luthier in the...

Take it to he BEST Double Bass Luthier in the area that the Symphony guys go to. Not a music store or violin shop.
Forum: Used Smith Basses (for sale or wanted) 03-13-2018, 05:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 636
Posted By Ken Smith
WE used t hose on the BSR J models. NOT the...

WE used t hose on the BSR J models. NOT the Burners. Show me the head stock of that bass.
Forum: Used Smith Basses (for sale or wanted) 03-11-2018, 11:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 636
Posted By Ken Smith
The Pickups were made by a company in Japan and...

The Pickups were made by a company in Japan and put in the basses before they were sent over here.

The Link is a different model. Custom. Maple body, 5 pc neck. The standard was 3 pc neck and...
Forum: Used Smith Basses (for sale or wanted) 03-11-2018, 10:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 636
Posted By Ken Smith
early

That is a pre 1993 Burner with the old Japan circuit EQ system. Not the USA Circuit we used from late 1992.
Forum: Used Smith Basses (for sale or wanted) 03-11-2018, 07:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 636
Posted By Ken Smith
solid Red?

The solid colors were the Standard model, the lowest cost of the 4 we made. The Pickups are the same on all Burner basses. The Knobs do not look like mine. Does this bass have a serial number stamped...
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 03-01-2018, 10:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 381
Posted By Ken Smith
Good luck.

Good luck.
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 02-27-2018, 03:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 381
Posted By Ken Smith
Exclamation Never head of them but if that bass is 9500 Euros...

Never head of them but if that bass is 9500 Euros and is hand made in Italy, it is very cheap. That is more like the price of a Romanian made bass, contracted to his model and finished off by him....
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 02-25-2018, 10:46 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 14,023
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool Update

Ok, so the basses in red are no longer here to play. The Marconcini is my current main Orchestra bass, partly by default. I have a show coming up so I will probably use the Kreutzer, it's safer in...
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 02-16-2018, 11:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 470
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, 09:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 470
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, 01:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 470
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, 12:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 470
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 02-12-2018, 11:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 393
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.
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