Brandon Bowlds wrote:Sounds great, that is the early 70s sound I covet. I have a good modern sound but have been jonesing for that tone. Gonna have to seek out a Starfire. Where did you find the electronics and what kind of small fortune did it set you back?
It's been an evolving project. I bought the bass when Starfires where regarded with scorn, so it was $275 (1993, I asked a well known repair guy in Boston if he'd ever seen one and he said a friend in NJ had one for sale but "I don't know why on earth you want that thing." I called his friend who threw it in a box stuffed with newspaper and no case and put it on a UPS truck shipped collect.). The pickups and electronics I got separately at the Alembic forum, with the electronics being somewhat newer than the pickups. I think between the two of them, it was about $500. The pickup rings and installation were slightly more than that (it's a long story). I went through a number of bridges, but the bridge, tailpiece, etc., including installation were a total of about $350.
The Calton case I have was about $600 and the Cronkhite gig bag was only slightly less.
These days, it probably would be a small fortune.