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Forum: KSD - Ken Smith Design 02-26-2020, 12:57 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 35
Posted By Ken Smith
Being that the KSD project was ended some time...

Being that the KSD project was ended some time ago, there are mainly only used ones on the market or new-old stock in the stores that sold them. I did get to try many or the earlier ones made and I...
Forum: Luthier's Corner 02-23-2020, 11:12 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 53
Posted By Ken Smith
Exclamation Hard to answer you without seeing the bass. You...

Hard to answer you without seeing the bass. You need to take it to a qualified Luthier that can modify this or.. replace the FB.. You string length is long to begin with. I am surprised that a model...
Forum: Modern Handmade Basses 02-08-2020, 04:55 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 62
Posted By Ken Smith
Arrow Bollbach #3

With my previously owned Bollbach #4 Lion head from 2003 (http://www.kensmithbasses.com/doublebasses/bollbach/) recently sold, I had a chance acquire his #3 bass made in 2001. This one is a Flatback...
Forum: For Sale [DB] 02-08-2020, 04:55 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 86
Posted By Ken Smith
Arrow Jeff Bollbach, NY 2001 Pallotta #3

With my previously owned Bollbach #4 Lion head from 2003 (http://www.kensmithbasses.com/doublebasses/bollbach/) recently sold, I had a chance acquire his #3 bass made in 2001. This one is a Flatback...
Forum: German School of Basses 01-20-2020, 09:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 10,040
Posted By Ken Smith
Interesting..

Interesting..
Forum: German School of Basses 01-19-2020, 11:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 10,040
Posted By Ken Smith
Question Big Mystery here. I have since seen a few...

Big Mystery here. I have since seen a few blockless basses with names from both the Saxon and the Mittenwald areas but these are older basses, late 1800s and last 1700s. I don't know how the region...
Forum: For Sale [DB] 01-19-2020, 01:47 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 234
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool Marconcini model, 2012- (in restoration)

Pictured here is the 1st Bass we commissioned from the pattern of the Marconcini School Bass we have. The sound of this modified copy was better than we had expected but still, we are re-working...
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 01-02-2020, 04:44 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 476
Posted By Ken Smith
Exclamation Ok, first off, what sounds best to you and what...

Ok, first off, what sounds best to you and what plays best might not be the same. I am not sure of your experience in DBs to judge the quality of sound but I get that you are more of a beginner...
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 12-12-2019, 12:35 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 549
Posted By Ken Smith
Bridge is 1mm wider per string and nut is 1mm...

Bridge is 1mm wider per string and nut is 1mm wider per string.

Currently we are only making 18mm models.

This might change in the future as far as offering this as a custom item.
...
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 12-05-2019, 12:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,221
Posted By Ken Smith
I drove up once just to meet him. He was quite...

I drove up once just to meet him. He was quite busy. I didn't need any work but just took the time to know about him.
Forum: French Bass School 11-27-2019, 03:28 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,659
Posted By Ken Smith
Wink Extension being added soon..

I am using this bass personally at this time and will be adding a chromatic C-Extension next month..
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 11-22-2019, 11:22 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,178
Posted By Ken Smith
Thomastic Dominants?

Thomastic Dominants?
Forum: Used Smith Basses (for sale or wanted) 10-14-2019, 07:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,126
Posted By Ken Smith
Question Solid blue, trans blue/ash or trans blue maple? 3...

Solid blue, trans blue/ash or trans blue maple? 3 or 5pc neck? Pics?
Forum: For Sale [DB] 09-05-2019, 09:51 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,471
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool and..

Some additional pictures..
Forum: For Sale [DB] 09-05-2019, 09:48 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,471
Posted By Ken Smith
Arrow Jacquet-Gand (Gabriel Jacquet, Attr.) Mirecourt c.1880 (in restoration)

Here's a beautiful French bass with slightly more elegant features than the average. To me, the Bass looks a bit as if made for the English market.



Currently in Restoration. Measurements to...
Forum: Woods, Electronics, & Components 08-31-2019, 08:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,650
Posted By Ken Smith
HAZ does mechanical and Electrical work, custom...

HAZ does mechanical and Electrical work, custom on contract. They do not market products of their own. They build to order for several types of companies, medical, industrial, medical, government,...
Forum: Woods, Electronics, & Components 08-31-2019, 12:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,650
Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb Volume, Balance control, tone control.. stand by...

Volume, Balance control, tone control.. stand by switch, Phase switch.
Forum: German School of Basses 08-28-2019, 11:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 10,040
Posted By Ken Smith
Arrow Old Tirol bass restored..

This 'Hand-Made' Bass was originally made without a Neck Block in the Tirol/Bavarian Region that connects Northern Italy, Western Austria and Southern Germany. It was made from very nice wood...
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 08-02-2019, 12:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,777
Posted By Ken Smith
Many Italians and Germans immigrated to B.A....

Many Italians and Germans immigrated to B.A. before, during and after both world wars. I have seen a few and have seen repairs done there on basses that came here. Im 1973 I git an old Italian bass...
Forum: Italian Bass School 07-29-2019, 01:25 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 25,702
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool 2019 ISB, Stefano Sciascia with Marconcini

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcRfJ9wrp6Q&fbclid=IwAR2PdOQuEtNbKCJbs7CdHBCRp7xl3_dzYWRcOAJ2vzkZEoNRRj74joIu4Xw

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Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 07-28-2019, 07:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,777
Posted By Ken Smith
Tyrolean? No. Most people confuse German and...

Tyrolean? No. Most people confuse German and bohemian basses as Tirol.. Its too crude. There are old basses from BA as well.. That bass is not so old.. sorry..
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 07-28-2019, 12:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,777
Posted By Ken Smith
Local maybe, B.A.

Local maybe, B.A.
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 07-28-2019, 05:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,777
Posted By Ken Smith
Old basses dont have sizes but not sure of this...

Old basses dont have sizes but not sure of this one age. Looks more like a home made project. Odd looking but not bad.
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 07-18-2019, 08:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,790
Posted By Ken Smith
Thumbs up Ok, thanks. I have enough to do as it is.. lol ;)

Ok, thanks. I have enough to do as it is.. lol ;)
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 07-18-2019, 05:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,790
Posted By Ken Smith
For the first Bass, I talked only with Phil back...

For the first Bass, I talked only with Phil back and forth. For the other 2, it was with one of his people. Not sure of the year but I can maybe look that up if it is after 1991. Maybe if before....
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