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KAY and ENGELHARDT BASSES: Serial Number Lists
Snow is falling fast here...
We're getting hit with a big winter storm here in New Jersey, and the Governor has declared a state of emergency ordering people off the roads.
As such, our shipping vendors are unlikely to pick up packages today, and we're going to wait out the storm safe at home. I'll do my best to be available to answer telephone calls and I'll be checking email occasionally during the day. But please know that orders placed today (Thursday) will be processed tomorrow (Friday)
Lenzner Gut Strings IN STOCK
Due to a materials shortage, our German-made Lenzner gut strings
were a little tough to get a hold of for a couple weeks there. But I'm happy to say that we've just gotten a MASSIVE shipment from Germany and we have every gut string IN STOCK - even low B and high C strings! Brand new, fresh gut strings are ready to be packed up and sent right out!
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for your New Bass?
Maybe you just got a new bass, as a holiday gift (or a new gift to yourself!) You're going to need to safely move it around. Our padded Gollihur Bass Bag
is a solid, durable option that fits most 3/4 size basses. We use them ourselves! Available in 2 attractive colors, with FREE SHIPPING
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Deuce Adjustable Bridge for Upright Bass
This unconventional -- but revolutionary -- bridge has lots of features a traditional maple bridge doesn't. Super stable, easy pickup -- and it sounds good, too...
Line 6 Digital Wireless System (2.4GHz)
For years I've directed people to other retailers to get Line6 wireless systems; now, get one directly from us - one that's been tested to work with upright bass pickups!
Trying to determine when your bass was made? Here's a convenient list of serial numbers from Kay basses and those of their successors, Engelhardt. The original Kay serial number list was originally compiled and published by Roger Stowers at his amazing Kay Bass resource site
; the serial number list has now been duplicated extensively across the web, which is why I am sharing it with you here - but if you're looking for Kay information, his site is a great place to start!
Each serial number on the chart is the FIRST bass made that year; if your bass comes after that number (but before the next year's first serial number on the chart) then your bass was made that year. So find the first
number on the chart that is higher
than the serial number on your bass - your bass was made the year before that.
Example 1: if your Kay Bass serial number is 25521, your bass was made in 1951.
Example 2: if your Engelhardt Bass serial number is 88000, your bass was made in 2005.
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The information contained herein is based on what's in my brain and/or my opinions as of
today and is subject to change. Like any topic, a great deal more information could be added—but
the intent of these writings is to present easy to understand, quick FAQs, to address common questions
and improve the reader's general knowledge. What's written here is by no means the authoritative absolute
answer, I am not the world's greatest authority on bass (not even close), or on anything else for that
matter. I hope the information and opinions here are helpful to you, that's the point!
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