Thompson Upright Double Bass Scratch & Dents
Most all of our Thompson upright basses are first ordered and
then shipped quickly to just about any city in the world.
Every detail of the order is tended to (triple checked!) and then
lovingly packaged and shipped to our customers. We have
always taken great pride in the way we do this all here and quite
simply, the basses must be perfect in every way when they go out.
While these are all hand made, we expect the finish, the body and
everything on the bass to be free of any flaw and be very
attractive to the customer waiting for his/her bass upon arrival.
Customers depend on us to do this and we totally understand.
Having said this, (that we strive for perfection here!), sometimes
accidents happen. For instance, a bass here might
accidentally have gotten bumped or scratched. Just a little
bump or mark is usually enough to 'pull' the bass from our
inventory and not ship. After more than 15 years of selling
our Thompson basses to thousands of players, we have a small
amount of basses that while still perfectly sound, still with full
waranty, might have something or another on it that we can now
offer at a very nice discount. Most usually in the past we
would simply keep this kind of bass in the shop and only sell it
in person so they can inspect and see it first. It's been
our experience that they will usually always buy them when they
see them because again, they are nicely discounted and the flaw is
a none issue.
Here's a sample list of what we have available and a brief
description of the particular issue that allows us to offer at the
discount. The bigger the flaw or issue, the deeper price
reduction. Again, the most important thing to remember is that
every bass here comes with the same exact warranty as any other bass
ordinarily will. While everyone loves to get their new bass
"new", let's all admit, as we use and play them (usually with a bass
it is all about moving them!), dings and scratches happen. These
types of 'Second' are great for public
schools, because as teachers all know...the minute the bass has the
cover removed (the first day!), the bass will probably have a scratch
on it somewhere...by day's end!
Scratch and Dent List:
- Bass has a slight scratch on the top or small mark (bump) on
it that more than likely happended in our warehouse or shop by
having too many basses too closely together and then collided with
something else (usually another bass.) $100 off our reg.
$1,485, so $1,385. Some of these marks on these basses, we have
trouble even showing up in a photo.
- Once in a blue moon we'll pull a beautiful new bass out for a
customer to begin the set up process (takes about 1-2 days here)
and we might discover (about 2 hours into the process) that under
the top layer of fingerboard ebony, there might be a lot of
lighter colored wood (brown). This still is good ebony, but
again, players/customers expect the best and we aim for all solid
black boards. Most all think the brown/black
combination is quite beautiful, but again, we show photos of nice
black 'boards' (a little brown is ok and is normally expected) but
when it is as much as say, 30-40% brown, there's a nice discount
there too, less $100-200 depending.
- Fingerboard issue. While the neck of the bass is totally
sound (straight), the lower half of the ebony fingerboard (in
upper positions towards near the bridge side), might slope
downward just a tad. Most folks would not even notice this, but it
can make an ever so slight difference in the very high positions
whereas the string height might go up (because the board is lower)
in that register. Maybe 1-3mm only. So for a
Rockabilly player or someone who never ventures past the G
harmonic, or even higher, this will not make the slightest
difference to their playing. Again, even the most
'persnickity' player might not even notice this flaw, but a nice
discount here, -$200, or $1,285.
- A couple of basses here have a small issue with the top layer
veneer showing "checking", which is a very superficial crack in
top layer laminate. It doesn't pose any structural problem,
but up close, you can see the marks in the top. This one is
- We now have a Hybrid (RM-200) bass (with carved spruce top)
that has a small lower crack on the top near the tailpiece. In
this case, we skillfully remove the top, repair and reinforce the
top crack, and glue it back. Usually, you might not even
notice or see the (former) crack repair and it's important to note
the most expensive basses in the world all have cracks somewhere
on them. Some more than others, but when they are repaired
correctly, they are usually never a problem ever. The
regular every day price on our Thompson hybrids, ($2,185) take off
- We have a nice Rogeri bass (made in China). This bass
cracked all by its lonely self a few years ago! A top crack
and it will be offered for $3,950. Still, nice bass and will look
very nice and attractive after it is repaired.
Our plan here (soon!) is to show some good phots of each one of
these basses. In the meantime, if you are interested in saving
money and do not care about blemishes or whatever here, you can get a
great price for a nice bass. Some basses might have more
substantial accidents (all repaired and all full warranty) but saving
substantially more, $300-400 less, as needed and depending on its
No mail-order 'surprise brides' here! Any
bass that we sell at discounts as a 'Scratch and Dent' we are
happy to first send photos to our
customers to see and pre-approve. Again, while we
are already known for selling great quality basses at affordable
pricing, these discounted basses are a real bargain for those that
won't care about aesthetics and/or just want to save substantially.
Let us know if you are interested. You can
email us here, or just
call, 480-785-5491 and ask for "Scratch and Dent Steve"!