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Pros & Cons of buying old vs new

Discussion in 'Bass Guitars' started by Chuxter, Nov 24, 2013.

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What matters more to you - old vs new bass purchasing

  1. Discontinued, rare or vintage is best

    7 vote(s)
    33.3%
  2. I must have the 'Latest and Greatest' model, period.

    1 vote(s)
    4.8%
  3. I don't mind unbought stock from prior years- it's all about the deal!

    16 vote(s)
    76.2%
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  1. Chuxter

    Chuxter

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    In your opinion, what are the advantages/disadvantages of buying older, used basses versus buying the latest, brand new model?

    How much should/does resale value, appreciation, nostalgia and old technology weigh in comparison to new technology and other aspects of a new instrument?

    Disclaimer: This poll and thread is not an attempt to seek advice for me. It is merely for conversational purposes on your personal mindset when looking for a purchase.
     
  2. DiMarco

    DiMarco nutcase Good Vibe Sponsor

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    Neither of the three. Fact is I do not care. I just buy random stuff I happen to want at that particular moment.
     
  3. bassinurface

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    The feeling of buying a new wick out of the box is unmatched. You get the chance to use the factory set up & get to break it in yourself. But this costs you because its the latest and greatest. My used Streamer $$ is my go to bass & it cost me less than half of what they go for new. So I guess it would be a matter of funds available & a specific bass your after.
     
  4. Kev

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    I have to be honest, Warwick new prices for standard (non custom shop) are at the very extreme edge of what you can charge for a CNC instrument (considering the number of handcrafted boutique basses out there that will design a bass for you for less).

    I will always buy second hand until I have the cash to place a custom shop order. I don't like the club necks so I avoid late nineties and naughties models. Otherwise it's all good :)
     
  5. Florin

    Florin Warwick Forum Administrator Staff Member

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    It depends...
    I am with Marco here, really... Each instrument is different, sometimes I am just looking for the best deal, especially when I am testing new models, so I buy sh to keep the resale value. Sometimes I buy new, when I know exactly what I need.
     
  6. LukeFRC

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    I have an amazing 1991 Streamer stage one, (and a new 1985 Thumb that I'm not allowed to play yet)
    The SS1 is amazing, truly "my bass" - and at the time I could afford it. It cost me 11% of the list price of a new one.
    The thumb is also nice and cost me 26% of the list price of a new one.
    The new instruments with the wenge necks and solid brass hardware etc do look very very very nice - not not at a cost I could justify spending. The old instruments also are very very good.
    If I did have the 4500 euros a new thumb NT costs I think I would I would still buy the secondhand bass and then use the rest to get a complete UK built custom build from ACG or someone.
     
  7. LukeFRC

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    Florin's post above is good.
     
  8. beany2510

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    both my wicks are 2nd hand/preloved/used. i would struggle to justify buying a new warwick, but for the price i paid for both of mine i have near perfect items that now feel like i have had them years.
     
  9. Gurnemanz

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    I have yet to buy a "Brand New" Warwick. I got half of my basses NOS, being between 3-5 years old, for attractive, affordable prices. The other half I got used, but they all came from excellent sources and were in great shape, like new. Have been lucky so far.
    I voted for the third option, but I would love to get a current model eventually. It is a matter of price, though. But if I ever have the opportunity and the funds to get the "Latest and Greatest", it should be a CS. I'd love the notion that it is to a certain degree "my" creation.
    It's like picking the color and the extras on a new car.
     
  10. Ali

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    The first Warwick I ever bought was a new 2001 Corvette which cost me £700 and was at the time the best bass I had ever played and was at the limit of what I could afford.
    I actually thought that I would never need to buy another bass, that was until I played an 86 Streamer Stage 1, I now have several "vintage" Warwicks and although I will never sell the Corvette it never gets played.
    Vintage gets my vote :)
     
  11. Nightmaresandconclusions

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    I have only ever bought brand new Warwicks but if the right one came along second hand il be in for sure. I do love the new feel of a new bass and the heartbreak once you get the first ding which then turns into a proud battle scar years later. I know and own every ding on all my wicks.
     
  12. Nachobassman

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    This is very subjective.

    OFC, I love to get a brand new bass, you know, the feeling of playing an instrument for the very first time and stuff. But since this is not a perfect world, we have to care about our bank account, and great second hand deals are hard to ignore specially when you could save big cash.

    I really care a little about dings and scratches on the finish, as long as those are only that, they just add MOJO and "personality" to your instrument.
     
  13. thefitz

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    I buy basses preowned. At the very least, you can most often sell a used bass for around what you paid for it. For me, that's huge.
     
  14. Nightmaresandconclusions

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    yeah totally makes sense if you like to trade/swap instruments. Me personally I intend to own all my Warwicks until I die Look forward to have my 1999 and 2011 thumb basses and they are 40 years old, one owner and still played daily hopefully ha ha Then il most likely leave them to someone in my will. I don't intend on having kids so maybe one of my mates kids or il get cremated with them, at that stage does not matter.. ha ha
     
  15. lasteffect

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    I buy old used stock more so something new. The only Wick I own (right now) is my Artist Series Jack Bruce bass. I wanted it bad and the price was perfect. Everything else is used gear (Non-wick exceptions are my Ric, Krank, and pedals). It depends on price and lets be honest... I could never have all the Wicks, I have, if I bought new. I would just have maybe one Wick and just a practice amp and a few pedals.
     
  16. schlobodan

    schlobodan Warwick Streamer Specialist Good Vibe Sponsor

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    I don't get the purpose of this thread:)
     
  17. Ali

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    You must be having a serious day :)
     
  18. Nachobassman

    Nachobassman Bass, Tapas, and Rn´R!

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    You are not alone, my german, Streamer-addict, friend. 8:
     
  19. Nightmaresandconclusions

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    agreed, Makes no difference new or old, totally comes down to what it is, how much cash you have at the time, blah blah blah.
     
  20. golem

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    +1. Can't imagine any other method ... IOW, can't imagine
    actually HAVING a "method" :)

    "Pros & Cons of buying old vs new" is the thread OP question
    but as to answers, I can think of thousands, but they are ALL
    so very freakin blinkin OBVIOUS that I cannot bring myself to
    repeat them individually. Summarily, however, it's so waaaay
    easy to state them: "What ever you buy for what ever your
    reason or rationale, thaz the pros and cons, all of them."
     
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