Kay Upright basses that receive the full Upton Bass Setup do not hang around our shop for long, we urge you to contact us immediately if you are in the market for a nice, vintage blonde Kay upright bass!
We do maintain a list of people actively seeking Kay basses and this list is the first group of people to be notified when we have a Kay bass in stock. Please eMail us here to be added to the Kay waiting list. Thank you!
From KayBass.com website:
From the time the first Kay bass was produced (1937), the majority of the wooden parts were made at the factory. Necks were contoured from hard maple, peg holes drilled, tops and backs formed-sanded, ribs bent and bass bars installed on tooling either made for or developed under Kuhrmeyer’s direction. Presses for installing the bass bar, and the heating forms used to laminate the tops and backs of the instruments were made in-house. The heating irons used to form the shape of the ribs were purchased, as were the sanding machines used to sand the tops, backs and necks of the new line of instruments. Also purchased, was a hot stamping or embossing machine. This machine was capable of embossing the tailpiece with the word Kay in cursive script. Bandsaws, drills and other hand tools needed were already in house.