Friday, 06 April 2012
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Hi Dingwall Sales, Is it possible to order a bass from Dingwall directly from Europe? I think bypassing the distributor and local store might make the bass quite a bit more affordable. If it is, can you pm me a price list? I live in the Netherlands. Thank you, Roelof
9 years ago
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If I can jump in, I used to live in southeastern Europe before coming to the US and bought both my Dingwalls from the US while living in Europe. Ordering from Canada was also an option, it's just that these turned out to be the best deals for me. Needless to say, the standard of living over there is very poor and my options were to either save a lot whenever possible or not get one at all. I explored all my options very carefully and didn't mind waiting if it meant saving a few. The best ways to drop the price are 1) to have someone bring it for you from abroad, saves many hundreds on shipping and 2) buying used which can save you anything from a few hundred to a thousand. USD that is. If you want to invest in a new one, even if ordered from the source, prepare for a huge shipping estimate. While dealers are expensive in Europe, remember that they ship in bulk where you'd have to pay for a single shipping. Bass guitars are just big enough to fall under the "oversized" category for all private shipping companies which throws the cost into the "painful" pricerange, USPS is not even an option for the size and shipping as cargo is... you'd be risking damage. In addition, by buying from a dealer you'd be eligible for services and all that. But if you can't afford buying from a local dealer, just avoid the shipping cost altogether or you gain nothing. In my opinion/experience. As for buying used, most people here have bought Dingwalls sight unseen, used or otherwise; not one had an unpleasurable experience in a trade as far as I know. We're decent bunch here. Just wait for a decent used deal here and on Talkbass. Maybe by buying used you'd save enough to afford that shipping. Another consequence of waiting for a good used deal & someone to schedule a trip to Netherlands is that you may be saving more money while waiting. I was waiting for a Combustion to be released and after waiting for a year I just said f-it and went for an AB-II after my dream bass showed up used. (Again, thanks Payson, she's getting a lot of love :) ) Anyway, if I went with a dealer or ordered a Combusion immediately, I wouldn't have this bass with me right now. - Bo
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+1 to the "have someone bring you the bass from abroad". I had to do that to buy my ABZ, otherwise there'd have been no chance in hell to have it shipped to South America. Specially, to my country because they charge 19% taxes for everything above US$100. You could also contact these 2 shops in Europe: http://www.session.de/ http://www.bassdirect.co.uk/bass_guitar ... stion.html Both carry Dingwall basses and I believe forum member Grand Wazoo bought his dingwalls from bass direct. Best of luck!
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I bought 1 bass from Bass Direct the other 2 from the Bass Gallery http://www.thebassgallery.com/
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Hi Roelof, I appreciate the fact that you are exploring the least expensive way to acquire one of our basses but many factors come into play. My distributors and dealers invest their time and money in promoting and making available our basses to be checked out by local players something we could never do on our own. As a result I have the utmost respect for these relationships and would not consider selling into their territory. When I do sell direct (where no dealer/ distributor exists) I sell at the same price to maintain the integrity of the prices of our basses. When ordering direct the minimal wait for a Canadian made bass is 5 months with LSS and Z-Series requiring 6 months to deliver. Dealers and distributors may well have the exact bass that you want without any waiting period, an advantage to having a dealer/ distributor network available to you. I hope you can appreciate my thoughts on this matter.
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Thanks for the comments and replies all. I'm glad that I can report that yesterday my 1st Dingwall arrived! :D A guy from germany left me a pm after reading this thread, and he considered selling his AB1. That was 3 weeks ago, the rest is history. And it's a beauty! [img:2yui9zyh]http://up.picr.de/10069021hn.jpg[/img:2yui9zyh] ps. Dingwall Sales, I see your point, and respect your relation with the distributors. Thanks for the reply. If I in the future buy a new one I'll probably just order it locally, or get it at a store in europe that has the exact model I want in stock. Or again 2nd hand of cause :)
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Congratulations Roelof, fantastic looking ABI, appreciate your understanding of our sales philosophy.
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Nice bass! But it has more than the usual 3 control knobs for an ABI, and even more than the ABII (or those AB1.5s we saw some time back). So it appears to have an upgraded 3-band EQ. Anyway, like I said ... nice bass!
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Wow, I really like that! What kind of top does it have?
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Maple Burl Burst top [url:33pncx7d]https://www.dingwallguitars.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=5&start=1000[/url:33pncx7d]
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Oh. Thanks. :oops:
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It's a Noll 3-band eq and preamp. Fits the AB1 very well, it has the same hifi non colloring character. The other knobs are the regular volume (but now push pull active passive) and rotary selector. Would I want to perfect it more, than I would make the high tone knob stereo (2 pot's on one knob, not stacked knobs), and use the 2nd for tone contol in passive mode. But for now it's a great total picture already.
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