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KAY and ENGELHARDT BASSES: Serial Number Lists
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Our Deluxe Professional Bass Bag is IN STOCK NOW!
We had such a big response when we debuted our new Deluxe Professional-Grade Bass Bag
that we sold out of them in no time flat! But we have finally been able to get a bunch more in our warehouse, so now you can order one and it ships right out! This new bag is heavily padded, and features wheels, massive zippers, and lots of heavy-duty handles and pockets.
NS Design 4 String Omni Basses at HUGE Discount
We've just received a small number of the 4-string CR-model Omni Basses, and can sell them at a fabulous price -- and we're even throwing in a FREE BRAZILWOOD CELLO BOW
(the cello bow actually works really well on the smaller scale and string width of the Omni Bass).
This is NOT the NXT -- it's the deluxe model, with the piezo/magnetic dual-source pickup system, onboard preamp with EQ, blend, and polar mode knobs, the Boomerang Strap, Deluxe gig bag... and the basses are BRAND NEW IN BOX, A-Stock basses - no cosmetic issues, no electronic problems. Brand new first-quality basses, just at a killer discounted price that's so low, I'm not allowed to publish it
on the site (you can add it to your cart to see).Check it out - and maybe get one - now
INNOVATION IS BACK!
After a short hiatus for reasons beyond their control, Innovation Strings
is back in production and we're stocked up with all their sets again. They had to unexpectedly relocate their manufacturing facility, which meant that they were out of production for a few months. But they're back up and running! Order away, we have them in stock and they're continuing on...
Kremona DB-1 Wood-Encased Upright Bass Pickup for Bridge Wing
This new bridge wing pickup is the easiest wing pickup to install; no complicated fitment, no tools, no hassle (on almost
every bass). And it has a warm, full-bodied sound. Excellent for the traveling bassist, or someone who needs to be able to quickly and easily remove the pickup.
McNutt Bass Cradle - Low-Profile Bass Stand
This unique stand was designed and patented by Dennis McNutt. Surprisingly secure and stable, it's very light, simple to use, and has a very low profile on stage. It folds small, and even comes with its own carry bag!
SPECIAL PURCHASE: NS Design 4 string CR OMNI Bass with Free Bow and Rosin
The OMNI Bass
(formerly known as the "Bass Cello") from NS Designs is uniquely attractive to players who play mostly electric bass and want a "crossover" instrument. They even make a model with FRETS! Can be played vertically or horizontally, and it's capable of a huge variety of tones. Available in both 4 and 5-string versions. Includes Gig Bag and Boomerang Strap system, and is compatible with all of their stands and strap options.
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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