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Intermediate Member
Username: elwoodblue

Post Number: 143
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 4:19 pm:   Edit Post those one-offs...

...Hammer-on, apply to where it hurts..
Advanced Member
Username: glocke

Post Number: 204
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Friday, June 15, 2007 - 5:47 am:   Edit Post

thats a nice looking instrument, wonder how it sounds? But for a $1900.00 starting bid, Id rather save the cash and put it towards an alembic....
Senior Member
Username: dela217

Post Number: 809
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, June 15, 2007 - 7:02 am:   Edit Post

I am with you on that one GLOCKE! This bass is basically an overpriced Oasis. Oasis shared a similar shape and the same electronics package. The recent auctions of Oasis basses didn't even hit $1000.00 Although this bass is quite beautiful and has much nicer woods. Don't get me wrong, I like it a LOT.

Intermediate Member
Username: jorge_s

Post Number: 152
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Friday, June 15, 2007 - 7:33 am:   Edit Post

I am also with you guys. However, being an amateur luthier (read amateur) I have a special affinity for Mr. Cumpiano. Natelson and Cumpiano wrote what it is widely considered "the bible" on guitar building. If it is the case that this is the only bass he has ever build I think it is something very special.
Senior Member
Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 1197
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Saturday, June 16, 2007 - 1:42 pm:   Edit Post

Considering Wm. Cumpiano's reputation, this would be a one-off I'd definitely think hard about, though it's impossible to know what it would feel like over an EBay ad.

I've always wondered what a Series-ish shape would be like with square body edges/binding; this gave me a pretty good idea.

J o e y

(Message edited by bigredbass on June 16, 2007)
Senior Member
Username: dela217

Post Number: 813
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Saturday, June 16, 2007 - 4:50 pm:   Edit Post

I was thinking about that square edge too. I don't think it would work for me. I balance the bass with my right forearm. I would bet it would be unconfortable. Unless of course you use the strap button on the horn. I couldn't.
Senior Member
Username: dadabass2001

Post Number: 788
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Sunday, June 17, 2007 - 11:07 am:   Edit Post

Or use the classical trick and fold a cloth over the edge where you arm rests.

my $.02


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