Shen Model 88
$1,675 with bag
This is my favorite choice for a new laminated bass. They sound quite good, good enough that I feel quite a few of these to professionals who don't want to take their main bass to gigs where conditions may not be the safest, like clubs, festivals and outdoor concerts. They are also what I recommend to beginners. We do all our set up work here in our shop, spending about 4.5 hours to adjust the fingerboard, make our own bridge from a French made bridge blank, install high quality height adjusters, regulate the string heights at the nut and bridge, make a well fit soundpost, properly install the end pin and more.The string length is 41 -1/2"" with a comfortable and well proportioned "d" neck.
The bass pictured has American made Helicore hybrid strings, most other strings can be substituted.
The bass pictured is the 88 with "viol" corners, but it is available in "violin" shape as well for the same price. This bass comes in 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, and 3/4 (pictured) sizes.