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When to upgrade to a better instrument is a complicated question. Often, when the student begins lessons with his or her first private teacher, it is time to step up. Others choose instruments from this level for a beginning player. One thing is for sure- In the lower price ranges, a little extra investment goes a long way to improve the playability and quality of tone over an entry level product. Pick a price point that is comfortable for you, and consider upgrading in a year or two. Our trade-in policy gives you the flexibility to upgrade the instrument freely, without losing value on your initial investment.

Many of our customers will choose the Bass only, and then consider bow and bag separately. In choosing a bow we recommend a budget of 15%-30% compared to the cost of the instrument. Browse the bow and bag pages on our site. If you have any questions, let us know.

We stock a large selection, but the best way to shop is to contact us by email and let us know a little about which models seem appealing to you in terms of the size, price range, tone, and appearance. We can use your preferences to make a specific recommendation of instrument our outfit which is in stock. We also offer a 10 day in-home trial. So, please do not hesistate to contact us. There are no stupid questions. We love email. Thanks in advance for contacting us.

What is the most important aspect of a step-up instrument? The simple answer is "modulation", or, if you are keen on musical acoustics jargon, "waveform modulation". Intermediate level instruments offer
better tone, but more specifically, wider tonal possibilities. A player with some skill needs an instrument that will respond to the subtle techniques being developed, such as vibrato, advancing bow strokes and dynamics. Student violins are like an automatic transmission. No matter what you do, you get a Violin-like sound, but at the cost of variety of tones. Intermediate instruments are like a manual transmission, which produce those tonal varieties for the advancing player on demand.

An Outfit includes a Bow and Bag, or you can purchase the instrument only. With the standard setup, a lightly padded bag and basic quality Brazilwood or Fiberglass bow are included (your choice). With the DeLuxe setup, an better padded bag and upgraded bow are included.

Segue is our private line of instruments from China. We source these from numerous workshops and are constantly looking for better values to offer you. European Workshops is our private line of European made products.

Segue Concertino Hybrid. An upgraded version of the Concertino, which has a carved, solid spruce top. This is an economical way to improve the tone and response of a bass, without spending a lot more money. It's also a smart choice for dry climates, as the instrument is more stable, and will not require as much maintenance as a fully carved bass. Made for us by Eastman.

Segue Concertino Hybrid
Instrument Only-Standard Setup
Select Size:
7/8, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8
$1,809.00
Instrument Only-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
7/8, 3/4, 1/2
$1,939.00
Outfit-Standard Setup
Select Size:
7/8, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8
$1,989.00
Outfit-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
7/8, 3/4, 1/2
$2,229.00

 

Segue Concertino Hybrid Antique. Same instrument as the Concertino Hybrid, but with a more attractive antique looking finish. Made for us by Eastman.

Segue Concertino Hybrid Antique
Instrument Only-Standard Setup
Select Size:
3/4, 1/2
$2,199.00
Instrument Only-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
3/4, 1/2
$2,339.00
Outfit-Standard Setup
Select Size:
3/4, 1/2
$2,379.00
Outfit-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
3/4, 1/2
$2,629.00

 

Segue Concertino Hybrid DeLuxe. Same instrument as the Concertino Hybrid, but with a beautiful Maple veneer for the back and sides This model is the Busetto, but is available in the gamba or violin-corner style as well. Made for us by Eastman.

Segue Concertino Hybrid Deluxe
Instrument Only-Standard Setup
Select Size:
3/4
$2,299.00
Instrument Only-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
3/4
$2,449.00
Outfit-Standard Setup
Select Size:
3/4
$2,489.00
Outfit-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
3/4
$2,729.00

Segue Concertino Plus. This model is the entry level, fully carved, solid wood bass. Gamba pattern only. Made for us by Eastman.

Segue Concertino Plus
Instrument Only-Standard Setup
Select Size:
3/4, 1/2, 1/4
$2,739.00
Instrument Only-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
3/4, 1/2
$2,859.00
Outfit-Standard Setup
Select Size:
3/4, 1/2, 1/4
$2,919.00
Outfit-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
3/4, 1/2
$3,179.00

Eastman Giocoso Antique. Made for us by Eastman. This is the same as their model 305. A very popular model nation-wide, and a very good overall value for a serious player's instrument.

Segue Giocoso Antique
Instrument Only-Standard Setup
Select Size:
3/4
$3,699.00
Instrument Only-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
3/4
$3,839.00
Outfit-Standard Setup
Select Size:
3/4
$3,899.00
Outfit-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
3/4
$4,209.00

Core Academy Model 45. Carved top, laminated back & sides with ebony fingerboard, nut & saddle, and inlaid purfling.

Core Academy Model 40
Instrument Only-Standard Setup
Select Size:
3/4, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8
$2,759.00
Instrument Only-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
3/4, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8
$3,059.00
Outfit-Standard Setup
Select Size:
3/4, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8
$2,915.00
Outfit-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
3/4, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8
$3,329.00

 

Johannes Kohr K61. Made for Korh by Concord "Christopher" brand. High Quality, Fully Laminated. These basses are our top sellers, and for very good reason! Crafted using only the latest laminant technology. Only high quality materials used, including Madagascar ebony. Years & years of knowledge & experience maintain the highest standard of quality.

Johannes Kohr K61 "Christopher"
Instrument Only
Select Size:
7/8, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/10
$2,150.00
 
Outfit
Select Size:
7/8, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/10
$2,385.00

 

Johannes Kohr K64. Solid, hand carved spruce top, laminated flamed back and sides. Made for Kohr by Concord, "Christopher" brand. These are well known for consistently high quality in materials and workmanship. Made in Violin corner model, Busetto, and 5 String.

Johannes Kohr K64 "Christopher"
Instrument Only
Select Size:
3/4, 1/2
$3,100.00
Select Size:
7/8 5 String model
$3,500.00

Core Conservatory Model C40. Tastefully antiqued, with European Spruce top.

Core Conservatory C40
Instrument Only-DeLuxe Setup
Select Size:
3/4, 1/2, 1/4
$3,800.00

 

 

 

 


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