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Forum: Woods, Electronics, & Components 08-12-2018, 08:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 106
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: 106
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.
Forum: Woods, Electronics, & Components 08-12-2018, 12:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 106
Posted By Ken Smith
Exclamation Hard to say. It's not a bounce. It is care and...

Hard to say. It's not a bounce. It is care and adjustment. If wood molecules are stretched, then that is what it is. Only adjustments can keep it playable.
Forum: Modern Handmade Basses 08-11-2018, 02:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,440
Posted By Ken Smith
Low figure means only less visible tiger stripes....

Low figure means only less visible tiger stripes. Not quality but visual.
Forum: For Sale [DB] 08-07-2018, 02:01 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 53
Posted By Ken Smith
Arrow 19th Century Tyrolean (in restoration)

This Bass was originally made without a Neck Block in the Tyrol Region that connects Northern Italy, Austria and Southern Germany. It was made from very nice wood and inlaid with Violin grade...
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 08-07-2018, 11:30 AM
Replies: 569
Views: 240,370
Posted By Ken Smith
Nice bass. Since FB became more popular, this and...

Nice bass. Since FB became more popular, this and other Forums have quieted down quite a bit.
Forum: New Forum Member Introductions 08-07-2018, 11:30 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 63
Posted By Ken Smith
Nice bass. Since FB became more popular, this and...

Nice bass. Since FB became more popular, this and other Forums have quieted down quite a bit.
Forum: German/Czech Shop Basses 08-02-2018, 03:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 21,640
Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb WBW 3/4, Juzek Master Art

For you Juzek fans, THIS is what a Master Art Juzek/Wilfer bass looks like. It was the last 3/4 they had there in NYC and I had my eye on it for years. Robert Juzek {Jan's/John's brother that ran the...
Forum: For Sale [DB] 07-24-2018, 11:56 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 285
Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb 5-String Orchestra Bass (IN STOCK)

A beautiful 5-String Sam Shen Gemunder model 7/8ths Orchestra Double Bass.

I originally bought this bass for personal use but have since decided to stay with my 4-String with C-Extension for my...
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 07-24-2018, 03:17 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 113
Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb The Lacquer is only on the Elite model. It is an...

The Lacquer is only on the Elite model. It is an expensive process and the main difference in the cost.
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 07-22-2018, 03:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,256
Posted By Ken Smith
woahhh

The Nut is missing as well as a bad FB replacement. HUGE de-value in my book. Expensive to repair properly which with us, required re-finish. Ugly modification.
Forum: French Bass School 07-17-2018, 03:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 113
Posted By Ken Smith
Unless the bass is branded or labeled and...

Unless the bass is branded or labeled and authenticated, not all basses thought to be by Jacquet are. On varnish, all the ones I remember are some shade of golden brown. Barbe made similar basses as...
Forum: French Bass School 07-17-2018, 02:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 113
Posted By Ken Smith
Ok, so 1880's Jacquet from one of the sons OR, an...

Ok, so 1880's Jacquet from one of the sons OR, an earlier father Jacquet being that that might be a pre-Guild scroll that was used by Joseph Xavier Jacquet aka Jacquet-Pillement. The over-varnish on...
Forum: French Bass School 07-16-2018, 04:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 113
Posted By Ken Smith
Is that head grafted on crooked? I didn't know it...

Is that head grafted on crooked? I didn't know it was a 3 unless I see scars. The side of the head you showed above had no visible repairs and some new varnish to cover it up.
Forum: French Bass School 07-16-2018, 04:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 113
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool Scroll/Pegbox pics, all angles would help. I...

Scroll/Pegbox pics, all angles would help. I would say from those 2 pics, Jacquet school, 1880s.
Forum: German/Czech Shop Basses 07-15-2018, 04:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 70
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool Well, the two main shops supplying basses to...

Well, the two main shops supplying basses to Juzek at that time were Anton Wilfer and Benedict Lang I, both in Schoenbach. The model and varnish looks move like Lang to me but, who knows who all the...
Forum: German/Czech Shop Basses 07-15-2018, 01:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 70
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool I would say pre-war if the label is Czech, this...

I would say pre-war if the label is Czech, this being late 1930s as I have seen basses from 1933 and '34 that were dated and older. This means really Schoenbach on the Cezch side of the German...
Forum: Plywoods And Hybrids 07-09-2018, 09:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,215
Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb new top

I had a new modern bass once that was shipped in and the top cracked in several places. I had the maker make a new top for the bass. No use having a new bass with cracks like a 100 year old bass made...
Forum: Woods, Electronics, & Components 07-09-2018, 12:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 128
Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb This is a 19 year old bass with an Oil/varnish...

This is a 19 year old bass with an Oil/varnish finish made with two types of wood in the neck. Dry hard maple from USA and the other exotic darker wood looks like Morado...
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 07-09-2018, 12:01 PM
Replies: 569
Views: 240,370
Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb Pic size

Your Pics are 3 1/2 screens wide on my PC.. lol
Forum: Classical and Symphony Bass Playing 06-22-2018, 11:35 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 15,711
Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb pics

Many of the pics came from other peoples pages and for some reason, they disappeared from here. Probably because I just copy and pasted them instead of making it a jpeg first. So, I deleted those...
Forum: Woods, Electronics, & Components 06-19-2018, 11:27 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 104
Posted By Ken Smith
3mm for the poles yes BUT, it is hard to tell you...

3mm for the poles yes BUT, it is hard to tell you what to do as this is done from seeing it first hand.
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 06-13-2018, 04:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 213
Posted By Ken Smith
I can only tell from seeing it, sorry.

I can only tell from seeing it, sorry.
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 06-13-2018, 11:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 213
Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb I think back then, the core woods would have been...

I think back then, the core woods would have been Mahogany. I would need to see them better on the sides to tell but dark mahogany in a picture might be hard to tell from lighter walnut.
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 06-13-2018, 10:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 213
Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb There was NO Elite model name then. If you loosen...

There was NO Elite model name then. If you loosen the treble knob, lift it a hair and then re-tighten it, all should be good.



Also, these are old. Things can happen.



No matter what...
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