Basses for Intermediate Players
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.
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.
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.
Our standard setup is sometimes the best choice for an advancing student. However, the DeLuxe setup offers upgraded strings, bridge, and other fittings. If it's an outfit that you are considering, the DeLuxe setup also includes a step up choices of case and bow. Contact us by email for expert assistance in selecting these items to complete your outfit.
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.
Concertino Hybrid Antique
Same instrument as the Concertino Hybrid, but with a more attractive antique looking finish. Made for us by Eastman.
Segue Hybrid with Laminated Ribs
This is a new concept. The top and back are solid wood for optimal tone and aesthetic appeal, but the ribs are laminated. This makes for a much more stable instrument in varied climates.
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.
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.