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KAY (and Engelhardt) BASSES: Models Over the Years...
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The COVID-19 pandemic has people understandably highly concerned. With abundant cautionary procedures, the bassists at Gollihur Music are still maintaining our normal (online) business hours and shipping out orders every weekday
Since we are not a "bricks and mortar" store, we are not affected by mandatory retail closures. There are just two of us here at the shop, and we have temporarily put a halt to in-person appointments to limit any chance of exposure. We are taking appropriate measures to protect ourselves and our customers from any possible infection. We're confident that we can continue to provide you with your bass needs through this complex time.
Do note that some of our suppliers have been suspending or limiting operations, though, so some products may be a little less available. But we are well stocked with the bass-ics!
This is a list of model numbers somebody gave us. We cannot fully vouch for their accuracy (Bob owned a blonde TV-21 once), and Kay did some odd things over their history, but it's the only resource we've found:
- C-1, aka Concert - Concert, rosewood fingerboard and tailpiece, purfling top and back, shaded or blond finish (Engelhardt: EC-1 had ebonized maple, and later, Jatoba fingerboard; EC-1B for Blonde)
- H-10 - 1/4 size school model, 61" length, later replaced by M-2 or M-3
- M-1, aka Maestro - ebony fingerboard and tailpiece, shaded finish, blonde finish optional (M-1B). Later Maestro "School Model", ebonized rosewood fingerboard and tailpiece, shaded (Engelhardt: EM-1 had rosewood, and later, Jatoba fingerboard; EM-1B for Blonde)
- M-1B - later Maestro, blond
- M-2 - 1/2 size late M-1, rosewood fingerboard and tailpiece, violin brown finish
- M-3 - 1/4 size late M-1 (Engelhardt: EM-3)
- M-4 - M1 with blond finish
- M-5 - 5-string, rosewood fingerboard and tailpiece, side dots, shaded
- M-5B - same as M-5, blond
- M-7 Selmer Kay - purfling top&back, bound f-holes, ebony fingerboard and tailpiece,
gold-plated tuner plates engraved "Selmer"
- Orchestra - ebonized fingerboard and tailpiece, shaded or blond
- S-1 - Slap, thin body, Orchestra spec - designation later re-purposed for the "Supreme" model previously called the S-8
- S-2 - 1/2 size late S-1, ebony fingerboard and tailpiece, golden brown finish
- S-3 - thin body, Concert specs; later 1/4 size late S-1
- S-4 - thin body, Maestro specs
- S-5 - Swingmaster dance band model, ebony fb, purfling top&back, bound
f-holes, blond, full depth body optional
- S-6 - same as S-5, shaded finish
- S-8, aka Supreme - purfling top, back, and f-holes, ebony fingerboard and tailpiece, shaded; later renamed S-1 (Engelhardt: ES-1)
- S-9, aka Swingmaster - inlaid purfling, ebony fingerboard and tailpiece, blond (Engelhardt: ES-9)
- S-10 - Swingmaster Mighty Midget, 1/3 smaller than S-9
- S-51 - Chubby Jackson model, 5-strings, bound top, back, and f-holes, ebony
fingerboard and tailpiece, side position dots, shaded finish
- S-51B - same as S-51, blond
- TV1 - burnished gold finish
- TV21 - two-tone copper and white finish
Additional Engelhardt-specific information:
- Concert (EC-1) models had gamba corners, Maestro (EM-1) models had violin corners. Once "ebonized" and rosewood fingerboards were discontinued in favor of Jatoba for both, this became the key distinguishing factor between the two models.
- EG-1 models were gamba versions of the ES-1; likewise, EG-9 models were the gamba version of the Swingmaster ES-9.
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