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Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 11-07-2018, 11:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 138
Posted By Ken Smith
Exclamation Difficult?

The guy repairing MY Blockless is sorry he took the job and he is an experienced Bass Professional. NOT a job for a beginner.

On your bass, you know they made basses in Sweden too sp this could...
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 11-06-2018, 01:07 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 52
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool 2018/2019

All 2018 Basses have been Sold. 2019 models are in Progress.

http://www.kensmithbasses.com/basses/

Stay tuned for new model specs and prices for 2019 as they develop.
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 11-05-2018, 06:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 138
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool Humm, where to start.. The Top is in...

Humm, where to start..



The Top is in terrible shape and would be Expensive to fix. The level of work I usually request would run 8-12k for the Top alone and the damage would still be visible....
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 10-29-2018, 09:37 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 169
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool Several reasons to answer your question but...

Several reasons to answer your question but mainly, we re-designed the basses in the latter 90s to be like the earlier 80s basses. So, the BMTs were a limited period bass model for a few reasons as...
Forum: Bows (and Rosin etc) 09-20-2018, 05:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,148
Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb and...

And now.. The Eibert has been sold as well. The only two boys I currently own and use are the Slaveiro and the Lotte. I switch back and for the between them depending on the bass, strings, music and...
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 09-14-2018, 01:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 505
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool Thanks, I agree.. ;)

Thanks, I agree.. ;)
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 09-14-2018, 01:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 505
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool On the sound, I don't remember. Sorry. On the...

On the sound, I don't remember. Sorry. On the Face across design, I never really liked that for my own basses. I prefer to see the Neck in front. This was Anthony's request. That bass was about $5-6k...
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 09-14-2018, 05:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 505
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool The balance was fine but this was made at...

The balance was fine but this was made at Anthony's request while we were making the BT model. He wanted something that no one else would ever have. His decision, not mine. This bass is a one-off,...
Forum: For Sale [DB] 09-11-2018, 02:02 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 447
Posted By Ken Smith
Arrow A. J Kreutzer, Brunensis Anno 1953 3/4 Italian model Orchestral Bass (IN STOCK)

A. J Kreutzer, Brunensis Anno 1953 - 3/4 Italian model Orchestral Bass w/C-Extension
Handmade 20th Century Eastern Czech Bass.


This Bass does "everything"! That's why I use it personally..

...
Forum: For Sale [DB] 09-11-2018, 01:53 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 174
Posted By Ken Smith
Arrow William Tarr 1829 - No.8 (IN STOCK)

William Tarr Orchestral Bass ~ "made by William Tarr 1829 No 8"
Written and Signed in the upper Back by William Tarr
(made for 'The Gentleman's Orchestra' in Manchester aka 'The Halle...
Forum: For Sale [DB] 09-11-2018, 01:40 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 160
Posted By Ken Smith
Arrow Panormo School - London, c.1800 (IN STOCK)

Panormo School, possibly by William Taylor, London, c.1800
Modified 7/8 Orchestra Model w/C-Extension

A full sized English/Italian Bass with a recent full restoration with the Block area reduced...
Forum: New Forum Member Introductions 09-01-2018, 10:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 710
Posted By Ken Smith
Cool Alive but slow.. Most people post on FB. I have a...

Alive but slow.. Most people post on FB. I have a KSB page and my personal page. Also there are a few KSB groups that others have started. I have losted on all of the above as well as many other...
Forum: Smith Basses, Handmade 08-23-2018, 08:51 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 240
Posted By Ken Smith
Lightbulb F is for quilted {figured} maple. The Q looks...

F is for quilted {figured} maple. The Q looks like an O stamped into the wood so I use the F.
Forum: Woods, Electronics, & Components 08-12-2018, 09:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 681
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, 06:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 681
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, 01:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 681
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, 03:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,721
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, 03:01 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 338
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, 12:30 PM
Replies: 571
Views: 249,825
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, 12:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 710
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, 04:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 22,522
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, 12:56 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 452
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, 04:17 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 306
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, 04:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,599
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, 04:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 335
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...
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