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Forum: Member Bass Clips [DB] 04-22-2018, 04:31 AM
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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
Replies: 1
Views: 171
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: 34
Views: 13,261
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: 375
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: 162
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: 375
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: 375
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: 375
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: 375
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: 238
Posted By Ken Smith
Good luck.

Good luck.
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 02-27-2018, 03:19 PM
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Views: 238
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: 34
Views: 13,261
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: 299
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: 299
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: 299
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: 299
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: 241
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 02-11-2018, 11:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 241
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, 06:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 241
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, 05:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 322
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, 03:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 164
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, 03:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,710
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, 02:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 164
Posted By Ken Smith
Question ??

Only I would know, I think. Pics of the bass?
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 02-04-2018, 07:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,710
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, 12:55 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 457
Posted By Ken Smith
Exclamation Noo

That is a Guitar store. Double Bass Luthier. Memorize that. Or, your bass will never be correct.
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