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Shen SB200 Willow Carved Flatback Double Bass / Upright Bass - $4,500 (Milwaukee, WI)

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condition: excellent
make / manufacturer: Shen
model name / number: SB200
Here's a very nice Shen SB200 Willow 3/4 size flatback bass, purchased from Steve Swan String Bass in the CA Bay Area in December of 2021. Six months later I moved to Wisconsin. It got a decent amount of run before I moved and for the first year or so here I was playing out with it fairly regularly, but since then my primary focus has been an originals thing that's 100% on electric. I realized last week that it hadn't even been out of its case since last October and don't really see where / how that'd change any time soon. This bass is way too nice for that, and takes up too much room for that.

It's had two hairline splits in the back and one on the top repaired by Double Bass Workshop in Madison, cracks that I'm fairly certain happened during the move from CA to WI. Otherwise there are a couple little dings like you’d expect from a bass that’s been taken to two or three rehearsals or performances a week for a couple years but is in great shape overall.

Relatively recent Evah Pirazzi strings. Leather bumpers from Gollihur. Fingerboard side dots are just stickers. Set up great. Tons of punch for pizz and can drive a big band no problem. Capable of a ton of volume with the bow and blends excellently in a section. One apparently unique thing about this particular SB200 is that it was apparently part of a very small run of cross-braced flatback SB200’s. I’m not sure how much that matters, but here you go. Would include the Fishman Full Circle pickup, really nice case, and quiver. Might include the Hercules stand, can include a basic german bow if you need one. (I'm keeping my nice Coda for now, just in case.)

I'm 90% looking for a sale here, but there is possibly a scenario where I'd trade this for the right hybrid or nice ply plus cash. Not looking for any other sorts of trades. Pick up at my house in Bay View. Price is negotiable. Cash only. If the ad's up it's still available.


Here's what Steve Swan had to say about this bass when listed on his site:

"This new Shen 200 willow 3/4 flatback (2019-11-64) is particularly useful as an orchestral bass, now strung with Flexocore 92 strings. The Spruce top is of medium density, fairly close grain, and has a rich and musical tap tone. The willow back and sides are of medium-dense wood with a very colorful tap tone. The maple neck has been fit with single unit mid-grade brass tuning machines. The nut and fingerboard are ebony. The replacement tailpiece and tailpiece saddle are ebony. The endpin is a New Harmony solid graphite unit. The replacement Despiau bridge has been fit with aluminum adjusters. The dark reddish brown oil varnish looks especially beautiful in sunlight. The strings have been changed to a Pirastro Flexocore 92 set. Dimensions are: Top length 41 3/4″, Upper bout width 20″, Middle bout width 14 1/4″, Lower bout 25 1/2″, Rib depth at tail 8 1/4″, Rib depth at upper bout crease 7 7/8″, Rib depth at neck 6″, String length 41 7/8″. This bass produces and arco voice that is strong and colorful. It will get even more rich and responsive with the first few months of play. With cover."

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