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Cremona SB-1 Premier Novice Upright Bass 3/4 Size, Hardwood Fingerboard, Lightweight

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  • 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
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Product Description

Size: 3/4

Our value leader, the SB-1 3/4 is America's best value in a bass. Suitable for the working professional as well as the beginner.

Product Information

Size:3/4
Item Weight 23 pounds
Product Dimensions 73.5 x 26 x 16.5 inches
Shipping Weight 45.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B0026IC7AK
Item model number SB-1
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Best Sellers Rank #148,646 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#58 in Musical Instruments > Band & Orchestra > Orchestral Strings > Upright Basses > Acoustic Upright Basses
Date first available at Amazon.com February 1, 2009

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SB-4 SB-3 SB-2 SB-1
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
Purfling Inlaid Inlaid Inlaid Painted
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

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Size: 3/4 Verified Purchase
I suppose this is a good bass if you don't know if you want to play bass. But if you enjoy it, before long you are going to want to sell it and upgrade. You'll loose a few hundred dollars on the exchange... If I had it to do again I'd just buy a nicer one up front.
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Size: 1/2 Verified Purchase
Most middle-school orchestras have rental or rent-to-own programs for the larger string instruments, but those fees can easily be more than buying an instrument if you can afford the immediate outlay of money. I purchased this bass for around six hundred bucks and it was a bargain compared to renting.

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!).
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Size: 1/2 Verified Purchase
I bought this bass for our 12 year old grandson. last year we paid $500.00 to rent one, so he could take lessons at school and play in the orchestra. This year, rather than rent, I decided to buy this one from Amazon. His music teacher recently tuned it, and said that it was the richest bass 1/2 size bass that she had ever encountered, and will begin recommending it to other parents/students..
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Size: 1/4
First things: This IS NOT a perfect choice for small children to start school orchestra with. The only thing "perfect" to that scenario is for parents who don't want to accept that learning to play an instrument costs some money. If your child is about to start school music, invest in something real for the purpose - your school can give you a nice list. They aren't trying to rip you off, orchestral instruments cost money. [a corollary for you: how about sending him out for the first day of football practice with some pads from the toy store and a nerf football - because it's cheaper?] If your child is about to learn to play bass then you need to get used to the idea that music is a really expensive endeavor.

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.

LITTLE is the key term.
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Size: 1/2 Verified Purchase
I pulled this instrument out of the box and in a very short time had it tuned up and playing.
I have been using it for a couple of weeks now and it holds it's tuning well and sounds great.
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