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Forum: German School of Basses 11-24-2020, 12:20 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 70,066
Posted By Ken Smith
Thumbs up Very interesting old German basses. Thanks for...

Very interesting old German basses. Thanks for posting these.
Forum: German School of Basses 11-23-2020, 11:11 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 70,066
Posted By Ken Smith
Thumbs up Ok, great.. keep at it.. It will come..

Ok, great.. keep at it.. It will come..
Forum: German School of Basses 11-23-2020, 09:58 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 70,066
Posted By Ken Smith
Thumbs up Wow.. Nice.. The principal is a 4-string? Italian...

Wow.. Nice.. The principal is a 4-string? Italian or English bass? Also I see mostly big 5s and one bass with Extension.. Nice mix. Great orchestra.. Which one is you?
Forum: German School of Basses 11-22-2020, 07:52 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 70,066
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool Well, usually that rosette is seen in a few small...

Well, usually that rosette is seen in a few small Maggini basses and old Viols. This is a big German bass. Totally out of character for that decoration. My guess is a new top as it doesn't have the...
Forum: German School of Basses 11-22-2020, 05:03 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 70,066
Posted By Ken Smith
Exclamation humm

The bass looks refinished and maybe the Top is new. I don't see the age there and the rosette?, never seen one on a German bass.
Forum: German School of Basses 11-10-2020, 01:00 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 108
Posted By Ken Smith
German/Czech Factory bass made possibly before...

German/Czech Factory bass made possibly before WWII. Poorly re-finished as well. The neck is beech-wood.



Reproduction of someone that never made a bass and by a person that never lived, a...
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 11-10-2020, 12:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 177
Posted By Ken Smith
VP = V=5 piece body wings P= 4A...

VP =

V=5 piece body wings
P= 4A presentation grade. One grade below 5A exhibition.



All Black Tiger basses have Graphite inlaid necks.
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 10-12-2020, 11:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 339
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool The Videos are usually on YouTube. 4s...

The Videos are usually on YouTube.



4s were always 19mm


We may have done a NT 4 ages ago. Ages..
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 10-11-2020, 07:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 339
Posted By Ken Smith
Wink We will be doing some more soon but both my son...

We will be doing some more soon but both my son Jon and I have been quite busy.
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 10-05-2020, 09:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 580
Posted By Ken Smith
1900s.. Most basses are over apprised, higher...

1900s.. Most basses are over apprised, higher value, higher pedigree and back dated to the wrong century and wrong country. I see many basses appraised completely wrong.
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 10-05-2020, 08:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 580
Posted By Ken Smith
Too many people say Mittenwald or Tyrol for a...

Too many people say Mittenwald or Tyrol for a German or Czech bass they can't be sure of. The button on the pegbox is very Czech/Bohemian like.


Instead of being sharp around the lower edges of...
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 10-05-2020, 07:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 580
Posted By Ken Smith
Mittenwald with a round back? I think I am...

Mittenwald with a round back? I think I am correct. You should look at sites with Neuner and Hornsteiner basses and see what they look like. Mittenwald is used too often to ID Saxon basses.
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 10-05-2020, 12:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 580
Posted By Ken Smith
The bass is Germanic. Maybe Saxony or across the...

The bass is Germanic. Maybe Saxony or across the border on the Czech side/Bohemia. Early 1900s. The finish does not look original to me. Nice quality instrument.
Forum: For Sale By Ken Smith [DB] 09-12-2020, 06:25 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 4,201
Posted By Ken Smith
Arrow Recordings..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8mNItCy2nk&t=235s


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcRf...iza3FoxzdhQnTo...
Forum: Hybrid DB Strings 09-04-2020, 05:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 18,459
Posted By Ken Smith
13 years ago I posted that..lol.. Spiros are the...

13 years ago I posted that..lol.. Spiros are the brightest and not an orchestra for most. Ask the luthier who made your bass. He should know what works best on his basses for your desired sound....
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 09-04-2020, 05:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 9,779
Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb He replied in 2009.. 11 years ago.. lol

He replied in 2009.. 11 years ago.. lol
Forum: Italian Bass School 09-02-2020, 11:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 416
Posted By Ken Smith
Most players know what they were told or what the...

Most players know what they were told or what the want to believe regardless of what is true. It doesn't have anything to do with trust. It's just what they think they know. On the size, I agree but...
Forum: Italian Bass School 09-02-2020, 06:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 416
Posted By Ken Smith
Exclamation Italian? 1840?

I don't know what this is but looks home-made and after 1900. Not every odd looking sloppy made bass is Italian. Good makers make nice instruments, form any country. Carpenters and Farmers needing...
Forum: German School of Basses 09-02-2020, 06:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 820
Posted By Ken Smith
Exclamation Good..

Also, the flush edges look like it was trimmed down to that to avoid repairing the edges as they were. It looks to thick and 'square' at the edges as well as the purfling very close to this was...
Forum: Bows (and Rosin etc) 08-22-2020, 11:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 8,224
Posted By Ken Smith
But..

At the 2019 ISB last June I found a new bow stamped E.Sartory attributed to Morizot who actually worked for and made bows for Sartory so, I put the Lotte up for sale and bought the Sartory-Morizot on...
Forum: Bows (and Rosin etc) 08-22-2020, 09:48 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 573
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool Andrea Proietti, Cesena, Italy c.2014.

Here's a Bow I got from a player in Italy a few years ago made by Andrea Proietti, Cesena, Italy c.2014. Maker favored by Italian players.

The bow plays beautifully and is very nimble for all...
Forum: German School of Basses 08-17-2020, 10:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 820
Posted By Ken Smith
Exclamation Ok, so the wood is nice on the back if I didn't...

Ok, so the wood is nice on the back if I didn't say before. Also on price, I am selling 2 German basses now. My Uebel and my Lowendall. The Uebel is $19,900 and the Lowendall is $36,000.. Dollars.. ...
Forum: German School of Basses 08-16-2020, 08:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 820
Posted By Ken Smith
Wink ok..

Well, I am not sure I agree with Mittenwald or Klotz {Kloz} or 1800.

The over varnish and the picture quality make it difficult to see as far as age and experience. Flush edged German basses can...
Forum: German/Czech Shop Basses 07-04-2020, 11:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 17,311
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool http://www.kensmithbasses.com/doublebasses/morelli...

http://www.kensmithbasses.com/doublebasses/morelli/index.html (link corrected, post restoration)



Hi, 3 things here to mention.

1, the Ebony up at the neck heel 'platform'...
Forum: German School of Basses 06-11-2020, 03:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 7,614
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool Nice bass but 20-30k to cut it down and fix it...

Nice bass but 20-30k to cut it down and fix it properly. I can see the bass bar area is sunk in a bit there in your picture. I would suggest Robbie McIntosh for the job. He's like on of the best. He...
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