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Forum: For Sale By Ken Smith [DB] 09-12-2020, 05:25 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 3,185
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, 04:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 17,701
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, 04:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 8,805
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, 10:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 69
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, 05:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 69
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, 05:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 176
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, 10:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 6,795
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, 08:48 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 107
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, 09:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 176
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, 07:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 176
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, 10:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 15,873
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, 02:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 6,425
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...
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 05-22-2020, 01:28 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,759
Posted By Ken Smith
Some type of lacquer I believe. Just keep it...

Some type of lacquer I believe. Just keep it clean. It was not a high gloss when new either.
Forum: For Sale By Ken Smith [DB] 04-11-2020, 05:41 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 2,169
Posted By Ken Smith
Louis Lowendall, Berlin 1910

a Bass by Louis Lowendall (1842-1918), Berlin 1910. Fully Restored with C-Extension by AES NY, August 2016.

This is a 7/8ths (or 4/4 size of its time), 'BERLIN' stamped in the upper back...
Forum: German School of Basses 04-06-2020, 02:48 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 553
Posted By Ken Smith
Well, nothing listed of J/M Z.. in the German...

Well, nothing listed of J/M Z.. in the German book or full books of Jalovec. So, who was he or them? I have no idea. Outer linings are extra work so this is lighter construction. East of Saxony into...
Forum: Member Bass Clips [DB] 03-25-2020, 10:27 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 598
Posted By Ken Smith
Glenn Miller recording, 1972 band

Here I am playing on most of the tracks but not all of them. The first link we found had just 10 second clips. I played first with the GM band 50 years ago when I was just 18 in 1970. My son Jon...
Forum: Member Bass Clips [DB] 03-21-2020, 01:09 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 439
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool Jan. 2020, Marconcini bass in Jazz

Here's me with my Marconcini bass playing at a Pops concert.. 6 clips, phone recording.. :cool:

...
Forum: For Sale By Ken Smith [DB] 03-14-2020, 09:40 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,010
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool Paris/Bernardel School c.1900-1920 (Awaiting Restoration)

This is a beautiful French Bass, Paris/Bernardel School c.1900-1920 (attributed to the shop of Léon Bernardel (1853–1931)). Unlike the Mirecourt school where just about every violin cornered bass has...
Forum: For Sale By Ken Smith [DB] 03-09-2020, 09:37 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,416
Posted By Ken Smith
Thumbs up New C-Extension..

Custom handmade Ebony Chromatic C-Extension added by Keiran O'Hara, Brewster NY.


History, in French..

http://luthiers-mirecourt.com/mangenot1.htm
Forum: French Bass School 03-06-2020, 12:45 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 745
Posted By Ken Smith
Arrow Paris school..

Here's a French bass I just acquired. Although it was first thought to be a Mirecourt bass from the Jacquet or Lamy shop, one thing about it was bugging me. The Back Button area. Having violin...
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 03-02-2020, 11:35 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,592
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool Just a bit over 6,900 so far. Over...

Just a bit over 6,900 so far.



Over 6,700 made here in Pennsylvania (less than 200 made in NYC pre-1986)
Forum: KSD - Ken Smith Design 02-26-2020, 11:57 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,224
Posted By Ken Smith
Being that the KSD project was ended some time...

Being that the KSD project was ended some time ago, there are mainly only used ones on the market or new-old stock in the stores that sold them. I did get to try many or the earlier ones made and I...
Forum: Luthier's Corner 02-23-2020, 10:12 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,987
Posted By Ken Smith
Exclamation Hard to answer you without seeing the bass. You...

Hard to answer you without seeing the bass. You need to take it to a qualified Luthier that can modify this or.. replace the FB.. You string length is long to begin with. I am surprised that a model...
Forum: Modern Handmade Basses 02-08-2020, 03:55 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,037
Posted By Ken Smith
Arrow Bollbach #3

With my previously owned Bollbach #4 Lion head from 2003 (http://www.kensmithbasses.com/doublebasses/bollbach/) recently sold, I had a chance acquire his #3 bass made in 2001. This one is a Flatback...
Forum: For Sale By Ken Smith [DB] 02-08-2020, 03:55 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,275
Posted By Ken Smith
Arrow Jeff Bollbach, NY 2001 Pallotta #3 (IN STOCK)

With my previously owned Bollbach #4 Lion head from 2003 (http://www.kensmithbasses.com/doublebasses/bollbach/) recently sold, I had a chance acquire his #3 bass made in 2001. This one is a Flatback...
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