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Hello bass guitar lovers! I recently found this site while researching the "Orlando" violin shaped bass I purchased. This is a fantastic resource and I really appreciate the amazing job you have done to archive this information. I run Nashville Fretworks in Nashville, Tennessee USA. We are a very busy repair shop and specialize in odd imported guitars such as Teisco, Univox, etc. Thank you again, I will be visiting this site frequently!
Hi , I owend some 12 years ago a beautiful hollow Teisco Delrey from the 60's , but unluckyly it fell and split the body very lightly .. since I then did not know anybody to repair this beautiful instrument I sold it to a Gipsy family who were very interested in the instrument even that it showed a small split , didnot put them off . so at last I sold it for a mere 250 euros .. I still regret that day ! since now I own a contemporary German made Hofner 500/1 and also the cheap bbHofner series from China , I also have the violin from Epiphone ; I met a very nice and very skilled instrument builder who specializes in real concert violins cello's and basses and showed him my basses .. he didn't like to do anything on them but I insisted and in the end we made a labour swop , I rebuilt and restored his old Faylon Belgian made Bassamp and he unfretted my cheap Chinese Hofner .. I put on some black Vynil Labellas and man this transformed the cheap rubbish Hofner into a beautiful sounding instrument ! he now makes a second identical example for me as a spare . the Contemporary gives a different tone with the same Vynil Labella strings , must be due to construction or the pickups . the Epiphone is nothing special , in fact I don't like to play it .. no nice tone , no particular character in the instrument .. it's just a bass and that'is it , but the transformed Hofner cheapo's are wonderfull ! If you are interested I can send pictures and sound of my Fretles Hofner. I play on a Fender Studiobassamp from which I swopped the original speaker an EV15 for a proffesional B15-300 from Eminence which I modified with an aluminium 4inch dome from JBL to give a specially characterised pitchy sound ..This is for me now the ultimate setup .. I played before a JBL K140 that did not really satisfy me , the eminance gives a much sweeter and fatter bass down and can take the full power of the 6 x 6L6 Fender bassamp at some real 450 musicwatts , You can not compare it to an SVT with 810 Ampeg , but it got a more destinctive sweet and special sound then the Ampeg . I thank you for keeping this side and the mighty info it contains , Best regards , Benfatbass , Belgium
I was in a couple of garage bands in the sixties while still in Jr. High. I had a cheap solid body base purchased at a local record shop that also sold guitars. I almost purchased a Conrad violin bass at a local music store. At a hundred bucks it was a bit pricey for me. The band did a few sock hops and such but was never a money maker. My "day job", when not in school, was working part time at Orange Julius. I spent many hours at the music store drooling over the Conrad and the large amps by Vox, Fender and Kustom. I recently visited a local music store that sells Hofner bass'. It had sparked my interest again and I started "surfing" for violin bass' when I found this site. It was great to run across this site and see all of the great old violin bass'. I especially enjoy the technical info as that is where my interests and career turned as my brief venture into music waned.
Thanks for allowing me to endulge and recall a bit of my youth.