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Old 01-19-2007, 11:13 PM
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There is a new breed of Bass makers out there today. Although I have only played Basses by a few of the new Makers in USA, I have heard great things from many others even from competitor builders that happen to respect their colleagues.

The two Bass makers I am familiar with most is Arnold Schnitzer and Jeff Bollbach. Arnold and Jeff will chime in I'm sure and mention the other makers of note. In making handmade Double Basses, there are only so many one man can build.

Check out their websites and see what beautiful Basses they have made. Also, check out #4 from Jeff Bollbach with a handcarved Lions Head which is now in my possession. I call him 'Simba'.

http://www.aesbass.com/handmadebasses.htm
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Old 01-23-2007, 08:47 AM
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Thanks for the mention, Ken. I'd like to nominate Daniel Hachez (#1 in the world now, IMHO), Nick Lloyd, and Robert McIntosh to be part of the "club".
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What traits do you think characterizes the work of the "new breed"?

How is their work different from that of their predecessors?

Or is it just a great thing that there are great luthiers working today -- and that's no small potatoes either!
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Old 01-23-2007, 11:22 AM
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Thanks for the mention, Ken. I'd like to nominate Daniel Hachez (#1 in the world now, IMHO), Nick Lloyd, and Robert McIntosh to be part of the "club".
Well, Nick already signed up. I would love to see Robbie and Hachez here as well. Robbie I met last year at the VSA with you but Dan Hachez I only heard about and have been told he is top notch..

Please send them my way and I might just build a special room for your group!

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Old 01-23-2007, 11:59 AM
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What traits do you think characterizes the work of the "new breed"?

How is their work different from that of their predecessors?

Or is it just a great thing that there are great luthiers working today -- and that's no small potatoes either!
By new Breed, I am referring to todays makers known and un-known that are hand-making Basses non-commercially and turning out some great sounding and great looking Basses not to mention extremely well made.

I have played new Basses by Jeff Bollbach (the "Lion" which is mine now, Arnold Schnitzer (5 or more of them), Nick Lloyd, Robbie McIntosh and several others that are just amazing Basses. I have also seen a few from Europe besides Pollmann that are no-named Italian Copies/Fakes that also sound fantastic but sometimes need some internal work. I will show one of each I now own. One is the "Lion" by Jeff and the other is labeled Bisiach which Jeff worked on and I hope he chimes in with his opinion about these European makers hiding in some closet over there.

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Old 01-23-2007, 03:10 PM
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Hi Ken,
The new forum is really nice. Thanks for the valuable online resource!
I just thought I'd ask, is your Bollbach bass for sale? If so, what are you asking?
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Old 01-23-2007, 04:45 PM
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Hi Ken,
The new forum is really nice. Thanks for the valuable online resource!
I just thought I'd ask, is your Bollbach bass for sale? If so, what are you asking?
You have a PM.
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Old 01-25-2007, 01:40 AM
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Today I had the pleasure of playing several new and modern Basses over at Arnold Schnitzer's shop in NY. These include a 1978 Pollmann, 2002 Thomas Martin, 2003 Nick Lloyd, one of Arnold's earliest Basses (breaking in nicely), and a 20th century Bass by Oreste Candi. All of these Basses sounded great but the older 'Candi (the only Bass he ever made) was the 'pick' but at least 2x the price of the other Basses mentioned.

Of the New American Basses both Nick and Arnold's Basses sounded great.

Afterwards, Arnold, a bassist friend from Philly and myself went into NYC to hear Bill Blossom play Jeff Bollbach's #2 in an 'invitation only' recital.

Jeff, Arnold and Nick being friends also seem to make great Basses individually.
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Old 01-28-2007, 02:14 PM
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Thanks for the mention, Ken. I'd like to nominate Daniel Hachez (#1 in the world now, IMHO
I couldn't agree more about Dan Hachez. I have not had the opportunity to play basses by Arnold Schnitzer or Jeff Bollbach, but of the ones I have seen and played, Dan's basses impressed me more than any other. His basses did not sound or play like a new bass. Wonderful workmanship. He sets the standard for everyone else.
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Old 02-04-2007, 11:07 PM
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I got to spend a an hour or so in the makers competition room at ISB in Kalamazoo 2005. There were noteworthy basses there. My favorite for workmanship was either the Hatchez or Kramer. Soundwise I am not a good judge but Arnolds and Nick's won a certificate for tone, as did Kramer and one or two others.

Nick won a certificate for tone at this years VSA in Baltimore, so congratulations to him. And that should up his price

I believe David Wiebe should be added to the list of great makers.

Of those already mentioned, Jeff Bollbach's workmanship is scary good! Edgework, corners etc.. all of the best quality.

Anybody see a bass by Mike Magee? He used to live around here but moved to Pittsburg.
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Old 02-05-2007, 05:17 AM
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Cool Speaking of Nick..

Speaking of Nick, I don't see his website listed in his profile so for those of you that have not seen his Basses, have a look; http://www.nicklloydbasses.com/
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Well just for interest here is a 2002 bass hand made by Melbourne (Australia) luthier Ben Puglisi. It plays easy and sounds very good - full, even and and mellow.
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that's a nice looking bass. It would be great if people have pictures of these great new basses and pictures of their makers as well!
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Old 03-03-2007, 09:23 PM
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Guess what? I don't have his photo .... but you can look at some of his basses:
http://www.benedictgpuglisi.com/gallery/horizons.html
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Question Non-USA Makers?

Any thoughts on current European or Canadian bass makers?
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Old 04-04-2008, 02:55 PM
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Any thoughts on current European or Canadian bass makers?
Which ones? Assuming we are talking about individual makers and not brands or shops.

Pick a Bass or two or three by a maker, post it here and discuss it rather than taking blind shots at random Basses.

Kai Arvi is a nice maker in Canada as well as Jim Hamm and Lamario. For Europe, pick a country!


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Question Canadian makers

Yes, I have made my inquiry a little too broad I realize now.

Concerning current Canadian makers then; it seems that Canadians are creating very elaborate basses. With the adjustable necks of Jim Ham and Brock Radelet or the magifisicant scrolls of Mario Lamarre. I have never heard or played any of these basses but wondering how then would compare to instruments currently made in the USA or other parts of the world. Just how do Canadian basses rank among others? Of course Iím curious as I am a Canadian!


And although Jacques Gagnon no longer lives in Canada, it seems that his basses are among our most known. And yes Kai Avri is among our most known/popular as well.

How much experience do you have with Canadian basses?

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Old 04-07-2008, 04:39 PM
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Yes, I have made my inquiry a little too broad I realize now.

Concerning current Canadian makers then; it seems that Canadians are creating very elaborate basses. With the adjustable necks of Jim Ham and Brock Radelet or the magifisicant scrolls of Mario Lamarre. I have never heard or played any of these basses but wondering how then would compare to instruments currently made in the USA or other parts of the world. Just how do Canadian basses rank among others? Of course I’m curious as I am a Canadian!


And although Jacques Gagnon no longer lives in Canada, it seems that his basses are among our most known. And yes Kai Avri is among our most known/popular as well.

How much experience do you have with Canadian basses?

Thx
Well, I have heard/seen (maybe played one of them briefly) 2 Arvi basses and they were nice for a new sounding Bass, better than average. I also saw one of Hamm's basses at the VSA here in PA 2 years ago. A guy performed a solo on it in a small room. The Bass did not have a very big sound but was beautifully made. Maybe the sound was the room or the Bass or a bit of both.

My experience is limited to that unless others have slipped my mind, sorry.
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Peter Elias made a number of basses for the CSO (Chicago) I believe. I think he lives in Switzerland now. A friend of mine bought a Gagnon recently, beautiful sounding but developed a large rib crack that required a major repair. The ribs are pretty thin evidently. A bassist in the Lyric Opera of Chicago plays one also.
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Elias' website: http://www.eliasnotes.com/
His stuff looks real nice. From what I've heard, they're real loud, and makes for very good orchestral instruments.

One of the European makers that's generated the most buzz is Krattenmacher. Check http://www.krattenmacher.com.

For some reason, neither of the two builders provide large enough porn pics, but you get an idea.
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