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Forum: Bows (and Rosin etc) Yesterday, 05:53 PM
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Posted By Ken Smith
Cool a few more pics..

The Frog has whats known as a Chavelle repair, the upper frog against the slide has new grafted ebony, well matched. A fine old repair. Also, the pins in the silver screw look to be replaced as well...
Forum: Bows (and Rosin etc) Yesterday, 05:47 PM
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Posted By Ken Smith
Cool My new main bow..

I recently bought a beautiful French bow stamped "E.Sartory A Paris" but is considered to have been made by Morizot. It's 135 grams and the playing hair length is 21". This is my new personal main...
Forum: Woods, Electronics, & Components 06-09-2019, 09:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 120
Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb Business by Email is best. I just returned from...

Business by Email is best. I just returned from the ISB show so we can work on this.
Forum: KSD - Ken Smith Design 04-23-2019, 05:54 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 428
Posted By Ken Smith
A few were made for Sam Ash but they were done...

A few were made for Sam Ash but they were done with D'Andrea and the China factory without my input. Low quality design at best. Not my design at all. Just a copy.
Forum: Woods, Electronics, & Components 03-22-2019, 11:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,643
Posted By Ken Smith
Thumbs up Great to hear.. I will update your thread title..

Great to hear.. I will update your thread title..
Forum: Woods, Electronics, & Components 03-01-2019, 11:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,841
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool Not sure how old that pics is but for the last...

Not sure how old that pics is but for the last 15-20 years, all the Mahogany we have used has been the African variety. As with all core stock, the color is random. Some light, some medium, some...
Forum: Welcome To SmithBassForums 02-19-2019, 04:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,356
Posted By Ken Smith
One of our long time workers passed away and...

One of our long time workers passed away and training someone new or from within was not easy to do in a short time. This was the best move we could make to keep the basses being produced as they had...
Forum: Welcome To SmithBassForums 02-18-2019, 07:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,356
Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Perkasie, PA.

Ken Smith Basses and Kevin Brubaker (Founder of Brubaker Guitars) are proud to announce that production of Ken Smith USA basses has been shifted to Brubaker Guitars out of Baltimore, MD. Ken...
Forum: Woods, Electronics, & Components 01-25-2019, 10:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,108
Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb Less mass of string is thinner sounding and from...

Less mass of string is thinner sounding and from thick to thin, they all change in tonality. A G open is thinner sounding than a G on the D, a thicker string.
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 11-23-2018, 11:29 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,076
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool Great. Beautiful bass. So happy to see the older...

Great. Beautiful bass. So happy to see the older Smith Basses and how well that have held up over the years.



I am just finishing up a set-up and some TLC on #1985, a set-neck Smith Bass, one...
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 11-07-2018, 10:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,730
Posted By Ken Smith
Exclamation Difficult?

The guy repairing MY Blockless is sorry he took the job and he is an experienced Bass Professional. NOT a job for a beginner.

On your bass, you know they made basses in Sweden too so this could...
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 11-06-2018, 12:07 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 657
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool 2018/2019

All 2018 Basses have been Sold. 2019 models are in Progress.

http://www.kensmithbasses.com/basses/

Stay tuned for new model specs and prices for 2019 as they develop.
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 11-05-2018, 05:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,730
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool Humm, where to start.. The Top is in...

Humm, where to start..



The Top is in terrible shape and would be Expensive to fix. The level of work I usually request would run 8-12k for the Top alone and the damage would still be visible....
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 10-29-2018, 08:37 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 668
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool Several reasons to answer your question but...

Several reasons to answer your question but mainly, we re-designed the basses in the latter 90s to be like the earlier 80s basses. So, the BMTs were a limited period bass model for a few reasons as...
Forum: Bows (and Rosin etc) 09-20-2018, 04:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 4,112
Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb and...

And now.. The Eibert has been sold as well. The only two boys I currently own and use are the Slaveiro and the Lotte. I switch back and for the between them depending on the bass, strings, music and...
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 09-14-2018, 12:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,593
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool Thanks, I agree.. ;)

Thanks, I agree.. ;)
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 09-14-2018, 12:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,593
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool On the sound, I don't remember. Sorry. On the...

On the sound, I don't remember. Sorry. On the Face across design, I never really liked that for my own basses. I prefer to see the Neck in front. This was Anthony's request. That bass was about $5-6k...
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 09-14-2018, 04:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,593
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool The balance was fine but this was made at...

The balance was fine but this was made at Anthony's request while we were making the BT model. He wanted something that no one else would ever have. His decision, not mine. This bass is a one-off,...
Forum: For Sale [DB] 09-11-2018, 01:02 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,978
Posted By Ken Smith
Arrow A. J Kreutzer, Brunensis Anno 1953 3/4 Italian model Orchestral Bass (SOLD)

A. J Kreutzer, Brunensis Anno 1953 - 3/4 Italian model Orchestral Bass w/C-Extension
Handmade 20th Century Eastern Czech Bass.

This Bass does "everything"! That's why I used it personally!
...
Forum: For Sale [DB] 09-11-2018, 12:53 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 836
Posted By Ken Smith
Arrow William Tarr 1829 - No.8 (IN STOCK)

William Tarr Orchestral Bass ~ "made by William Tarr 1829 No 8"
Written and Signed in the upper Back by William Tarr
(made for 'The Gentleman's Orchestra' in Manchester aka 'The Halle...
Forum: For Sale [DB] 09-11-2018, 12:40 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 720
Posted By Ken Smith
Arrow Panormo School - London, c.1800 (IN STOCK)

Panormo School, possibly by William Taylor, London, c.1800
Modified 7/8 Orchestra Model w/C-Extension

A full sized English/Italian Bass with a recent full restoration with the Block area reduced...
Forum: New Forum Member Introductions 09-01-2018, 09:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,296
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool Alive but slow.. Most people post on FB. I have a...

Alive but slow.. Most people post on FB. I have a KSB page and my personal page. Also there are a few KSB groups that others have started. I have losted on all of the above as well as many other...
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 08-23-2018, 07:51 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 821
Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb F is for quilted {figured} maple. The Q looks...

F is for quilted {figured} maple. The Q looks like an O stamped into the wood so I use the F.
Forum: Woods, Electronics, & Components 08-12-2018, 08:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,763
Posted By Ken Smith
Exclamation Press 1st and 15th or 17th fret as the end is...

Press 1st and 15th or 17th fret as the end is flat. I like about a G or D string width of relief, not a B string width of space. Way too much.
Forum: Woods, Electronics, & Components 08-12-2018, 05:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,763
Posted By Ken Smith
Exclamation That is assuming they know what they are doing as...

That is assuming they know what they are doing as far as working on a Smith bass.
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