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Title: I think I just scored another one... this time a '63
Post by: ilan on February 13, 2018, 02:28:28 AM
Just hit the BIN on a nice 63/64 Höfner Senator.  £510 ($700). I already own 3... '64, '60, '65

https://www.ebay.com/itm/112812245343

(https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/7g8AAOSwryBagf9X/s-l1600.jpg)
(http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll127/ilanlukatch/photo5771664236362181490_1.jpg)
Title: Re: I think I just scored another one... this time a '63
Post by: Chris P. on February 13, 2018, 03:30:52 AM
Wow!! Great collection! Would love to have a big Höfner once.
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Post by: gearHed289 on February 13, 2018, 08:37:23 AM
That's awesome, very nice!
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Post by: westen44 on February 13, 2018, 11:12:33 AM
I really like it.  Great choice. 
Title: Re: I think I just scored another one... this time a '63
Post by: Dave W on February 13, 2018, 07:22:16 PM
Nice score! Amazing that you can get these at such reasonable prices.
Title: Re: I think I just scored another one... this time a '63
Post by: amptech on February 13, 2018, 11:39:15 PM
Just hit the BIN on a nice 63/64 Höfner Senator.  £510 ($700). I already own 3... '64, '60, '65


You are the Uwe of Höfners!
Title: Re: I think I just scored another one... this time a '63
Post by: ilan on February 14, 2018, 12:31:24 AM
You are the Uwe of Höfners!
Single-pickup large-bodied. But I do collect for fins. I have both Blonde and Brunette ;-)
Title: Re: I think I just scored another one... this time a '63
Post by: Stjofön Big on February 14, 2018, 01:59:31 AM
The blonde to the right, with two knobs (but of course!) is really beautiful. All that's missing is a wig... ;D
Title: Re: I think I just scored another one... this time a '63
Post by: 4stringer77 on February 14, 2018, 07:24:50 AM
Congrats on your growing Hofner bass family. I see the one with the tort has a treble clef on the headstock along with a small bass clef. You'd think they could have just featured a bass clef by itself but I guess that would look too plain.
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Post by: doombass on February 14, 2018, 10:17:08 AM
That's a beautiful burst! Very smooth transition.
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Post by: Highlander on February 14, 2018, 02:34:42 PM
V nice... :mrgreen:
Title: Re: I think I just scored another one... this time a '63
Post by: jumbodbassman on February 14, 2018, 02:35:05 PM
sweet bass.   enjoy
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Post by: Pilgrim on February 14, 2018, 03:27:47 PM
Those are all just beautiful!
Title: Re: I think I just scored another one... this time a '63
Post by: Denis on February 15, 2018, 08:23:20 AM
Damn, your new one is gorgeous!!!
Title: Re: I think I just scored another one... this time a '63
Post by: Granny Gremlin on February 15, 2018, 04:30:33 PM
Wow, she is a beaut.
Title: Re: I think I just scored another one... this time a '63
Post by: uwe on February 15, 2018, 04:40:44 PM
(https://media.giphy.com/media/16YlHJ6II0BK8/source.gif)
Title: Re: I think I just scored another one... this time a '63
Post by: uwe on February 15, 2018, 05:54:12 PM
It must be some kind of natural incest allergy, but I remain unimpressed of German bass guitars, old or new!  :-[
Title: Re: I think I just scored another one... this time a '63
Post by: ilan on February 16, 2018, 01:48:30 AM
It must be some kind of natural incest allergy, but I remain unimpressed of German bass guitars, old or new!  :-[
So you'll take an American Kay plywood upright over a Mittenwald carved bass?  ;)
Title: Re: I think I just scored another one... this time a '63
Post by: patman on February 16, 2018, 06:32:34 AM
Depends on what you're going to play with it.

Kay is better for Rock 'n Roll.

Lasts longer when playing Rock 'n Roll too...

Just sayin'
Title: Re: I think I just scored another one... this time a '63
Post by: uwe on February 16, 2018, 12:13:28 PM
So you'll take an American Kay plywood upright over a Mittenwald carved bass?  ;)

Kay is LEGEND,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQmpqvoEpws

Mittenwald is, errrm, sehr deutsch!

I don't like Porsches for the same reason and would prefer a Corvette anytime. If you're gonna be superficial, do it with some depth.
Title: Re: I think I just scored another one... this time a '63
Post by: Highlander on February 16, 2018, 01:06:22 PM
Little red black Corvette Volvo... :mrgreen:
Title: Re: I think I just scored another one... this time a '63
Post by: uwe on February 16, 2018, 03:20:12 PM
A classic, no less.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0KpfrJE4zw
Title: Re: I think I just scored another one... this time a '63
Post by: Highlander on February 17, 2018, 02:28:36 AM
Is it still a Volvo you drive...? No need for the looooong hood in front of you to smooth the ego, or has the itch got to great and a sporty model beckons... ;)
Title: Re: I think I just scored another one... this time a '63
Post by: uwe on February 21, 2018, 02:29:06 PM
I still have a Volvo of course! I'm on my way to sixty, no long hooded sports car in the world can do for me these days what a little blue pill reliably can.  :mrgreen:

I feel silly in two-seater sports cars. A man's car has to be able to transport something, it's the unfulfilled truck driver in me.  ;D Sports cars with no practical use are for wimmin only!
Title: Re: I think I just scored another one... this time a '63
Post by: ilan on February 21, 2018, 03:53:46 PM
The bass has arrived. Non-original bridge (not a problem, I have a spare one) and pickup ring (also a cheap part, no biggie).

Tuned to pitch, the neck just pulled off the body.

Informed the seller. I'll take it next week to my luthier to assess the damage. He can reset it, as he has done for me twice in the past, but I want the seller to refund the cost.

The pic was taken immediately after unboxing, strings still slack.
Title: Re: I think I just scored another one... this time a '63
Post by: uwe on February 21, 2018, 04:11:44 PM
Tur mir leid, Ilan. Old Höfner necks do come off - I've heard of it happening before and my 500/1 actually had two resets, those things weren't made to last for half-centuries and more.
Title: Re: I think I just scored another one... this time a '63
Post by: Rob on February 21, 2018, 06:13:05 PM
That shouldn't be too difficult a repair.
I thought they used hide glue.
Title: Re: I think I just scored another one... this time a '63
Post by: uwe on February 21, 2018, 06:15:35 PM
Naw, that was shortly after ze war, we still had food stamps and ate the hide glue. On Sundays.
Title: Re: I think I just scored another one... this time a '63
Post by: Dave W on February 21, 2018, 10:27:16 PM
That's unfortunate but if it came off cleanly, it's repairable.

That shouldn't be too difficult a repair.
I thought they used hide glue.

No idea if Höfner used hide glue on the neck joint. Whether or not, don't believe the hype about hide glue being permanent. I've seen hide glue joints that have broken, or failed due to movement after softening (probably from heat or excess humidity).
Title: Re: I think I just scored another one... this time a '63
Post by: ilan on February 21, 2018, 11:40:54 PM
Hofner have always used hide glue in the neck joint, and still do.

Hide glue is very thin and very strong - it holds upright bass necks, and the string pull is more than twice that of a bass guitar.

The advantage of hide glue, and the reason it is used in violin family instruments, is that it is not permanent - it comes apart with heat. So in a way it's like a bolt-on neck - you can always remove the neck without damage to the joint surfaces, do whatever you need to do - like change the neck angle - and re-glue it into place. Once it's done by a pro (preferably violin makers), the bass is good for another 30-40 years.

I don't recommend using anything but hide glue on Hofner set-necks. With other glues you can still sometimes be able to remove the neck, I've seen it done, but there will be damage to the neck joint and a lot more work will need to be done to re-glue it - with hide glue.
Title: Re: I think I just scored another one... this time a '63
Post by: Dave W on February 22, 2018, 09:44:04 AM
Doesn't surprise me that they use hide glue . When I referred to the hype, it's because in some quarters you hear about how permanent it is, since there are some examples of centuries-old hide glue joints that have held. That tells you nothing about how many have failed.
Title: Re: I think I just scored another one... this time a '63
Post by: godofthunder on February 22, 2018, 11:42:22 AM
Beautiful! I  would have hit that.
Title: Re: I think I just scored another one... this time a '63
Post by: Rob on February 22, 2018, 04:53:02 PM
Naw, that was shortly after ze war, we still had food stamps and ate the hide glue. On Sundays.
E
We did too and call it Jello.
Title: Re: I think I just scored another one... this time a '63
Post by: Stjofön Big on February 23, 2018, 02:47:36 AM
Just for kicks, here's another old one. And, hrrrmm, it's the bass I'm talking about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNz-z2JfD6o
Title: Re: I think I just scored another one... this time a '63
Post by: Dave W on February 23, 2018, 10:08:57 AM
Just for kicks, here's another old one. And, hrrrmm, it's the bass I'm talking about: ..

There was a bass in that video?

(https://i.imgur.com/bRdj2Pu.jpg)
Title: Re: I think I just scored another one... this time a '63
Post by: ilan on February 23, 2018, 11:46:40 AM
A first year 500/1 - 1956 with the bar pickups, and the treble pickup near the bridge

Title: Re: I think I just scored another one... this time a '63
Post by: Dave W on February 23, 2018, 02:37:19 PM
A first year 500/1 - 1956 with the bar pickups, and the treble pickup near the bridge

I was joking.
Title: Re: I think I just scored another one... this time a '63
Post by: ilan on February 24, 2018, 01:40:49 AM
I know
Title: Re: I think I just scored another one... this time a '63
Post by: Stjofön Big on February 24, 2018, 01:48:35 AM
I also...
Title: Re: I think I just scored another one... this time a '63
Post by: westen44 on February 24, 2018, 07:55:18 AM
There was a bass in that video?

(https://i.imgur.com/bRdj2Pu.jpg)



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZpZa4sI1io