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Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 10-07-2021, 03:20 PM
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Posted By Ken Smith
Sorry, maybe it was TB..

Sorry, maybe it was TB..
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 10-07-2021, 11:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 110
Posted By Ken Smith
Exclamation Hard to tell from the pictures if this is...

Hard to tell from the pictures if this is laminated or not. Only a close look at the edges thru the varnish can tell. Hi-res pics of the edges that I can blow up will help. The bass is Germanic in...
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 09-28-2021, 11:35 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 106
Posted By Ken Smith
Ok, so not sure it's made by Otto Rubner like his...

Ok, so not sure it's made by Otto Rubner like his earlier basses or the GEWA Factory that later used his name and brand stamp. The bass-bar crack is a huge problem on new basses for value and needs...
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 09-09-2021, 11:24 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 259
Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb Sorry, that info is long gone. Manually tallied...

Sorry, that info is long gone. Manually tallied back then. Not sure if we saved the page.
Forum: For Sale By Ken Smith [DB] 08-27-2021, 04:41 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 349
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool Joseph & Antonio Gagliano, Naples c.1791 (In Restoration)(w/Certificate)

An extremely Rare Master Grade Double Bass by Joseph & Antonio Gagliano, sons of Nicolo.

Measurements to be added at a later date. Not currently for sale.

All parts including the Scroll and...
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 08-15-2021, 08:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 453
Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb No way to judge this on line.. Would have to see...

No way to judge this on line.. Would have to see the bass. Find a good bass luthier there. Ask the players in the local professional symphony. They will know and get a teacher. No way to learn on...
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 08-11-2021, 08:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 453
Posted By Ken Smith
Question humm

Ok, nut height and bridge height and fingerboard curve might be the issue. I can't tell you exact measurements but pics would help.
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 08-04-2021, 12:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 451
Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb In 1994, it was called a BT6G. Models, names and...

In 1994, it was called a BT6G. Models, names and specs change over the years.
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 08-04-2021, 02:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 451
Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb Neck is Maple/Morado, with ebony fb.. ...

Neck is Maple/Morado, with ebony fb..


Body is figured walnut top/back with mahogany core and maple veneer.



#6G117494FW .. 95FW, not 84.. made in 1994..
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 07-23-2021, 11:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,638
Posted By Ken Smith
Yes.. Oil finish model, not the Elite.

Yes.. Oil finish model, not the Elite.
Forum: German/Czech Shop Basses 06-22-2021, 07:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 484
Posted By Ken Smith
Exclamation value..

In the 1960s, these plain-jane import basses were $200 new. About the same as a Kay bass was, maybe slightly more. The repairs there are terrible and to correct and be less visible are expensive. I...
Forum: German/Czech Shop Basses 06-16-2021, 09:11 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 484
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool is it...

Ok, first off, Juzek is an import brand, not a shop or maker as far as basses are concerned. second, Juzek 'brand' basses were NEVER made in Prague, which was the birth place of the Juzek brothers, 3...
Forum: Used Smith Basses (for sale or wanted) 06-11-2021, 06:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,213
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool All is good Tim.. In time, we all think of down...

All is good Tim.. In time, we all think of down sizing things that we no longer need and use. Eventually, everything is for sale. So, thanks for being a great ambassador to the Smith bass company.....
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 05-15-2021, 05:21 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,199
Posted By Ken Smith
Modern factory bass. Not an old instrument. Show...

Modern factory bass. Not an old instrument. Show pics if you want more discussion maybe..
Forum: For Sale By Ken Smith [DB] 05-13-2021, 11:50 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,815
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool more pics..

A full restoration is in its near future..
Forum: For Sale By Ken Smith [DB] 05-13-2021, 11:48 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,815
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool Pietro Cateni, Livorno c.1790-1810 (NFS/PA)(w/Certificate)

A beautiful old and rare Italian bass. The maker, Pietro Cateni of Livorno (Italy) worked from about 1780-1812. The beautiful old Italian Scroll was made for 3-strings. There are two other known...
Forum: Welcome To SmithBassForums 04-20-2021, 08:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,695
Posted By Ken Smith
Exclamation Poor bass, humidity, sweat and salt air are all...

Poor bass, humidity, sweat and salt air are all bad for a wooden instrument. It can be glued if you find someone that is GOOD or an Expert Luthier. Do it ONCE, as a second time will be nearly...
Forum: For Sale By Ken Smith [DB] 04-02-2021, 07:34 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 13,879
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool some pics from before..

These pics are from a few years ago..
Forum: Classical/Arco 02-13-2021, 06:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,380
Posted By Ken Smith
As it is with most string problems, the bass...

As it is with most string problems, the bass plays a huge role and its adjustments.
Forum: For Sale By Ken Smith [DB] 02-02-2021, 09:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 7,941
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool old pics..

A couple of friends that have enjoyed playing the bass as well as yours truly, in concert.. ;)



Gary Karr and Stefano Sciascia
Forum: For Sale By Ken Smith [DB] 01-31-2021, 10:07 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,344
Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb a few more details..

The outer linings are smaller the normal size usually seen on German basses, allowing the ribs to move more.

The F-holes are the earlier Rubner and A.Meyer style, both neighboring Saxon makers at...
Forum: For Sale By Ken Smith [DB] 01-31-2021, 10:03 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,344
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool Otto Rubner, Markneukirchen c.1930 (NFS)(NY)

After careful research, we conclude that this bass is the work of Otto Rubner c.1930 (b.1885-d.1963, son, pupil and successor to Joseph Rubner b.1864-d.1927).

Having seen several Rubner and Meyer...
Forum: Bows (and Rosin etc) 01-27-2021, 09:02 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 2,610
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool Louis Morizot Frères

Louis Morizot Frères (Morizot & Sons). Louis Gabriel Morizot was the responsible for making bass bows between the 5 brothers.

Orchestra/Solo Bass Bow beautifully preserved made in Mirecourt...
Forum: For Sale By Ken Smith [DB] 01-26-2021, 01:36 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,323
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool more pics..

Here are a few more pics of this Orchestra/Solo bass showing the details and amazing condition of this 60 years old German bass. It's a joy to play and sounds as good as it looks.
Forum: For Sale By Ken Smith [DB] 01-26-2021, 01:33 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,323
Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb Hofner c.1960 (Schroetter)(IN STOCK)(NY)

Hofner, originally Austro-Bohemian founded in Schonbach in 1887. After WWII, they were forced to move to W. Germany and settled Bubenreuth/Bavaria.

This Bass, although labelled Anton Schroetter...
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