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Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 12-15-2021, 12:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 254
Posted By Ken Smith
Exclamation Not a bass like the ones we discuss here but...

Not a bass like the ones we discuss here but something factory-like made cheaper like today's Chinese basses. a Proper professional set-up and any repairs or replacement r sub-par components can...
Forum: Italian Bass School 12-02-2021, 12:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,779
Posted By Ken Smith
Exclamation I have no idea what it is or the age from these...

I have no idea what it is or the age from these pictures but I doubt it is a Dollenz. For that price if it was, would be ling buying gold for the price of silver.
Forum: Luthier's Corner 11-22-2021, 10:28 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 483
Posted By Ken Smith
I had one of these on a bass some years ago. I...

I had one of these on a bass some years ago. I don't remember it sticking up so high. These can also damage the top as well. Again, consult a bass luthier.
Forum: Luthier's Corner 11-22-2021, 10:27 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 289
Posted By Ken Smith
You should see a Bass Specialist Luthier. It...

You should see a Bass Specialist Luthier. It might need a New Bridge and nut to work properly.
Forum: Italian Bass School 11-20-2021, 10:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,779
Posted By Ken Smith
Wink Ok, I saw this on FB.. Not a Dollenz at all and...

Ok, I saw this on FB.. Not a Dollenz at all and not sure if it is Italian. Not old enough to be Dollenz either in my opinion.
Forum: Italian Bass School 11-17-2021, 02:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,779
Posted By Ken Smith
Exclamation Nothing there.

Nothing there.
Forum: Woods, Electronics, & Components 11-16-2021, 03:03 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 35,944
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool Slight difference in the 3/5 pc bodies.. I prefer...

Slight difference in the 3/5 pc bodies.. I prefer the 3 for a more organic sound. the 5 is slightly brighter as the extra laminates divide the woods that much more like an extra thin wall between...
Forum: Woods, Electronics, & Components 11-16-2021, 03:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 682
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool All basses we make are still made with old wood.

All basses we make are still made with old wood.
Forum: Woods, Electronics, & Components 11-15-2021, 07:55 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 35,944
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool Ok, well, your description doesn't quite meet my...

Ok, well, your description doesn't quite meet my ear here. It is the Walnut that gives the maple the mids and definition and not that other way around. As fa as Cocobolo goes, new regulations for...
Forum: Woods, Electronics, & Components 11-15-2021, 07:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 682
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool The current circuit came out in 2004, so quite...

The current circuit came out in 2004, so quite some time ago. The 3 differences are, 1-stronger pots, 2-uses 2 batteries for 18v so drain is slower. Also head room for distortion is higher but there...
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 11-09-2021, 08:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 606
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool Ok, all is good then.. Enjoy..

Ok, all is good then.. Enjoy..
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 11-09-2021, 01:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 606
Posted By Ken Smith
Exclamation I think it can be from there, Romania or Hungary...

I think it can be from there, Romania or Hungary or that region. The screws on the tuner plates are typical of what you see from Hungary when they put old Tuners on a new bass rather then the...
Forum: Woods, Electronics, & Components 10-24-2021, 04:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 614
Posted By Ken Smith
1, press the strings down over the 24. If it...

1, press the strings down over the 24. If it touched the Poles easily, it needs to be lower.. 2, Poles Flush.
Forum: Woods, Electronics, & Components 10-24-2021, 12:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 614
Posted By Ken Smith
1, Distance, so the strings do not hit the...

1, Distance, so the strings do not hit the pickups when pressed down hard.

2, Yes, we used them for a short time back then.
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 10-07-2021, 04:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 756
Posted By Ken Smith
Sorry, maybe it was TB..

Sorry, maybe it was TB..
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 10-07-2021, 12:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 756
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, 12:35 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 605
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 09-10-2021, 12:24 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,036
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, 05:41 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,255
Posted By Ken Smith
Smile 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, 09:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,026
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, 09:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,026
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, 01:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 981
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, 03:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 981
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, 12:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,238
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, 08:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 999
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...
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