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    Not mine, but close by me and very cool. Seller is asking $12k.

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    i could see paying as much as $5K for one of these. But not $12K.
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    I had one many years ago. Not the ideal bass instrument. Buy one if you like the oddity or collect. Better off with a decent upright bass. Better tone and projection.
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    What would you do for strings? And how is it tuned? Just curious.

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    D’Addario EJ79 - 43,63,79,130.

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    Usually tuned to same as string bass: E, A, D, G
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed McGarrigle View Post
    What would you do for strings? And how is it tuned? Just curious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tighthead View Post
    ...Seller is asking $12k.
    Seller is dreaming. My Stahl Larson brothers mando-bass was $4K, and I thought it was pricey.
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    I remember the one Trevor had was priced at 7000 - largely because, at the time, he didn’t want to sell it.

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    The one I'm caretaking for my mandolin orchestra was bought maybe 12-20 years ago -well before my time- for around $6K; not sure if that includes the hefty shipping charge from the midwest. $4K - $5K estimates sound more reasonable, or maybe optomistic.

    FWIW, it sat in storage for a long time, had some needed repairs done, and was used in the '18 East Coast Mandolin Orchestra performance, down near Philly. Then our bass player was bequethed a proper upright...
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    Spend $12k for this and you get a novelty item that gets pulled out for 15 minutes a few times a year.

    Spend half that on a decent 3/4 upright bass and you'll make $100 a night anytime you want for the rest of your life and you'll get more gigs than you ever dreamed of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by j. condino View Post
    Spend $12k for this and you get a novelty item that gets pulled out for 15 minutes a few times a year.

    Spend half that on a decent 3/4 upright bass and you'll make $100 a night anytime you want for the rest of your life and you'll get more gigs than you ever dreamed of.
    Yes!!! My experience exactly. Rarely played my MB but the upright got me into five bands, a few of which I didn’t even wa t to play with. Hah!
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    I probably mentioned this years ago in other threads but when I joined the NY Mandolin Orchestra in the 1980s the bass player there played a balalaika 3string contrabass. I asked him why he didn’t play a mandobass and he said it just didn’t have the tone, volume or projection of the BCB.
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