Cremona SB-1 Premier Novice Upright Bass 3/4 Size, Hardwood Fingerboard, Lightweight
|Price:||$2,216.08 + $149.54 shipping|
- Set-up to MENC Standards at our Cremona workshop in California
- Correct string height string spacing and neck relief for accurate finger positions and intonation
- All maple construction for strength and durability, lightweight construction for better tone.
- Hardwood fingerboard for long lasting playability
- Nylon gigbag, bow not included
- To learn more about the fantastic features of this product, see Product Description below
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From the Manufacturer
SB-1 Premier Novice Bass in Translucent Red finish.
Cremona craftsmen strictly adhere to traditional design and construction specifications by hand-carving and graduating each instrument one at a time. Even the instruments at the more affordable levels will perform flawlessly, consistently for the player regardless of skill level.
The Finest Materials And Workmanship
Our value leader, the SB-1 is America's best value in a student bass. This popular 3/4-sized upright is suitable for, not only the working musician on a budget looking for a real durable practice instrument, or the beginning student that needs a instrument that responds well and encourages the learning process. And, like all Cremona basses, no matter the level—each instrument passes through our legendary setup facility to make sure that is ready to play straight out of the box.
- All maple construction.
- Violin body shape for traditional look.
- Ebonized hardwood fingerboard.
- Translucent Red finish.
- Correct string height, string spacing and neck relief for accurate finger positions and intonation.
- Set-up to Cremona standards at our workshop in the US.
- Includes a durable, padded black 600-dernier nylon gigbag.
- Available in 3/4 to 1/4 sizes.
- Bow not included.
Back & Sides: Maple
Bridge: Aged Maple
Case: Durable Black 600-Denier Nylon Gig Bag
Chin Rest Shape: None
Fingerboard: Dyed Hardwood
Finish: Translucent Red
Fitting Material: None
Gear Ratio: 24:1
Neck and Finish: Solid Maple
Number of Back Pcs: Two-piece
Nut & Saddle: Dyed Hardwood
Peg: Individual Geared Machine Heads
Peg Shape: None
Sizes: 3/4 - 1/4
Tailpiece: Black Alloy / Four Built-in Finetuners
|Top||Solis select spruce||Select spruce||Select spruce||Maple|
|Back & Sides||Flamed curly maple||Flamed curly maple||Maple||Maple|
|Fingerboard, Nut & Saddle||Ebony||Ebony||Ebony||Dyed hardwood|
|Bridge||Aged maple with height adjustable||Aged maple with height adjustable||Aged maple with height adjustable||Aged maple|
|Finish||Shaded amber; matte||Shaded amber; matte||Shaded amber; matte||Translucent light red|
|Size||3/4||3/4||3/4 - 1/4||3/4 - 1/4|
Top Customer Reviews
This "half-size" bass has worked well for my child through 6th-7th-8th grade. If the school hasn't sized your child and made a suggestion, you can check the Internet for charts to determine which size bass they might need. The instrument looks and sounds fine, and passed muster with my son's private music teacher as well.
Couple of notes:
1. Here you are getting only the instrument and a cloth/nylon-type cover. You will need to buy a separate bow as well as rosin and a tuner if you want to get started playing right out of the box.
2. The instrument is shipped without the bridge installed, so the strings are all "loose." Check YouTube for instructions on installing the bridge (I ended up taking the instrument to a local shop for some free help getting it in).
3. The instrument is not extremely heavy, but it is unwieldy for a child to carry. The straps on the case are in an odd location, I felt, and they started tearing after about two years. Consider researching bass buggies or a wheel for the endpin.
Overall, a good value I think for a starter instrument that we own outright. Even if my child doesn't continue with playing into high school, I will feel we got our money's worth out of it (and could possibly sell to another middle-schooler in the neighborhood!).
That said: ANY cheap musical instrument is going to require some serious set-up and tweaking before it can be useful. This one is no exception. The nut it too high, the bridge is too low. The strings are way unsuitable for anything serious and need a replacement (which are hard to find local in 1/4 size). The machines need to be tightened up and the soundpost is misadjusted. If you can take care of those issues (which are minor things to a player but very costly if you have to pay someone to do) then this is an awesome little workhorse. That's what you get for cheap - nobody put a full week of personal attention into getting it setup for you.
It's not top end materials either. It's ply, it's painted-on lacquer, the neck is stained who_knows_what wood, etc... ie: it's a cheap bass. It looks pretty good though and from a few feet away nobody can tell the difference anyway. Just don't expect the finest aged instrument woods and Stardivari-ish workmanship here.
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I have been using it for a couple of weeks now and it holds it's tuning well and sounds great.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The bass description did not make clear it is a bass only, no bow or accessories. I didn't like the finish as it looked cheap so I just put it in the box and sent it back. Read morePublished on February 7, 2014 by Diane T.
The shipper couldn't find my (rural) address so delivered it to where I work earlier than projected by the seller.
I couldn't leave it alone until after work. Read more
Perfect to start kids with it. Looks great and sounds good. I will satisfy anyone starting on it. Highly recomended.Published on July 5, 2012 by Guillermo Olaiz Silva