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Forum: Woods, Electronics, & Components 11-30-2017, 10:59 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 96
Posted By Ken Smith
Thumbs up Dunlop Strap Loks!

Yes, those little lock rings are on there tight and we use a Pliers to snap them on. Easy to break a fingernail. This is the best product though for the strap and bass. Been using it since 1976 or so.
Forum: Woods, Electronics, & Components 11-25-2017, 06:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 136
Posted By Ken Smith
Question Too many variables to answer that last question....

Too many variables to answer that last question. Laq is brighter and more Lams is brighter. How much of each?, varies!
Forum: Woods, Electronics, & Components 11-22-2017, 03:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 136
Posted By Ken Smith
Wink ?? Depends on where the Stars and Moon are that...

?? Depends on where the Stars and Moon are that day! (:
Forum: Woods, Electronics, & Components 11-20-2017, 12:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 136
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool The top will produce most of the sound, not the...

The top will produce most of the sound, not the core. It's what the strings reflect off of. Also, we have the finish. The Elite model Lacquer will sound different than the Oil Varnish finish of the...
Forum: Woods, Electronics, & Components 11-19-2017, 07:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 136
Posted By Ken Smith
Exclamation I do not agree with your first statement to begin...

I do not agree with your first statement to begin with.

What kind of Mahogany and used where and how on a bass?

With multi layer wood construction like on Smith basses, the answers are not as...
Forum: Woods, Electronics, & Components 10-23-2017, 01:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 226
Posted By Ken Smith
Exclamation wisdom of the board members?

Wisdom? Someone on the Forum knows more than me on this? Really?

Well, Rosewood or Morado, the thickness spec should be the same.

Some refinish. There is no 'some' with this finish. It all has...
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 10-22-2017, 05:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 617
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool Instagram only allows 1 minute videos. These are...

Instagram only allows 1 minute videos. These are shot on the spot without rehearsal. Just winging it. The YouTube channel Videos were produced and shot professionally. As things happen day to day and...
Forum: Woods, Electronics, & Components 10-20-2017, 02:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 226
Posted By Ken Smith
Exclamation I have details but not exact measurements. I told...

I have details but not exact measurements. I told you this on the phone I believe or in an Email. They probably started out at about .250", maybe thicker. In the making, they get sanded as well and...
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 10-11-2017, 05:20 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 230
Posted By Ken Smith
5s are usually with a low B for orchestra. For...

5s are usually with a low B for orchestra. For jazz with high C, not so common as most use a 4 string.

For length, 104 is just under 41", the 'minimum' for most players. 103cm is just over 40.5"...
Forum: English Basses & the British Isles 10-08-2017, 08:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 124
Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb Ask Bill at Thwaites and Tom Martin as well as...

Ask Bill at Thwaites and Tom Martin as well as Tony Hooska. Maybe they have seen this before.
Forum: English Basses & the British Isles 10-08-2017, 02:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 124
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool Maybe it's the shop that made the Plates?

Maybe it's the shop that made the Plates?
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 09-13-2017, 11:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 355
Posted By Ken Smith
Question Take a Guess? Do you want an educated opinion or...

Take a Guess? Do you want an educated opinion or a guessing contest? :eek:

That only works if you know the answer. Right? .. lol :cool:
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 09-13-2017, 09:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 355
Posted By Ken Smith
From your pics I see a lot of repairs but I don't...

From your pics I see a lot of repairs but I don't have the bass here to say more. The condition is fairly good for a bass the age I estimated. Basses are big and break easily. I think my estimation...
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 09-12-2017, 09:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 355
Posted By Ken Smith
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Early 20th century Saxon/Bohemian bass. Czech basses are usually Flatback and without the outer linings. Also, the neck button looks more German than Czech but made near the border I think.
Forum: Bows (and Rosin etc) 09-07-2017, 04:55 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 486
Posted By Ken Smith
Arrow But..

After further testing. The Slaviero is the bow that is more versatile for me over the Lotte. The Proietti has been sold. :)
Forum: For Sale [DB] 08-30-2017, 03:43 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 438
Posted By Ken Smith
Arrow Wilhelm Uebel, Markneukirchen c.1880 (IN STOCK)

Wilhelm Uebel, Markneukirchen c.1880, with C-Extension.

A beautiful 19th century German Bass made on the famous French Solo Pattern of the late 1800's.

Price is $19,000. USD.

See the...
Forum: For Sale [DB] 08-16-2017, 04:47 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 794
Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb Prices Reduced, 8/16/18

Trying to Retire one of these days! ;)
Forum: German/Czech Shop Basses 08-13-2017, 05:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 260
Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb my old Plywood..

http://www.smithbassforums.com/showpost.php?p=27282&postcount=1

Look and compare.
Forum: German/Czech Shop Basses 08-13-2017, 05:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 260
Posted By Ken Smith
Exclamation woah..

That is a Plywood Gamba bass. Not a carved Violin model. NOT a real Morelli. I had a Plywood bass like that recently. Worth a fraction of an actual Morelli.

Message me what they are asking for...
Forum: German/Czech Shop Basses 08-11-2017, 04:32 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 260
Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb the Brand!

The Name Andreas Morelli was made up by the US Importer Grossmann Music in Cleveland.

They were made by many makers and supplied to the seller here and then labeled here. Some say the early ones...
Forum: Amps, etc. [BG] 08-03-2017, 04:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 458
Posted By Ken Smith
Question That would depend on what kind or sound you are...

That would depend on what kind or sound you are looking for. Both are great amps and each company makes a wide variety so the question to me is too general to answer.
Forum: German School of Basses 07-21-2017, 01:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,829
Posted By Ken Smith
Finally...

A Luthier in Vienna just sent me pictures of an old Blockless-made bass dated 1790 by one of the Hornsteiner's in Mittenwald. Also, he tells me that this style of making is still being taught there...
Forum: Bows (and Rosin etc) 07-01-2017, 09:16 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 486
Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb Changing my Bow line-up after 10 years..

I recently let my Lipkins Sartory model bow go at the ISB a few weeks ago. I have had many offers in the past but I wouldn't sell it. A past customer and acquaintance of mine came by my display and...
Forum: For Sale [DB] 06-29-2017, 05:48 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 480
Posted By Ken Smith
Arrow Marconcini School, Bologna/Ferrara 18/19 cent, C-Ext, fully restored (IN STOCK)

This is a Beautiful old Italian bass made in the Guitar Style but with Violin Corners and added Scalloped Blocks on the Ribs of each of the 8 corners. This 3/4 bass has been played and admired by...
Forum: Italian Bass School 06-21-2017, 09:02 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 15,255
Posted By Ken Smith
Wink lol.. your guess is as good as mine.. ;)

lol.. your guess is as good as mine.. ;)
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