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Double Bass Care Guidelines

22 Mar
March 22, 2012

Glue

First though, a few words about the sticky subject of glue. The traditional glue that is used to glue basses (and all other violin family instruments) together is called granular hide glue. It is derived from the hides, hoofs and sinews of livestock, usually cow or sheep.   Read more →

What Bass is right for you?

22 Mar
March 22, 2012

Number one is your budget! But there are a lot of other considerations too. 

Laminate basses

are more immune to weather related problems such as open seams and don’t crack like carved basses inevitably do. Laminated wood is more stable due to its construction. But, if you punch a hole in laminate, Read more →

Bass Construction

22 Mar
March 22, 2012

There are several types of construction methods used in the making of double basses.

Fully carved means that there is no laminated wood in the bass. The top is carved, the ribs are solid wood and the back is either carved or is of solid wood flatback construction. Woods typically used are some sort of spruce variety for the top, and maple for the ribs, back and neck. Willow and Poplar are becoming more popular lately for use in the ribs and back.   Read more →

Frequency Chart

22 Mar
March 22, 2012

Following is a frequency chart in Hertz. It will help you understand how to control EQ on amps and pinpoint problem notes and feedback frequencies. The bold  numbers correspond with the open strings of the bass. Each vertical row to the right is an octave higher. For example, 41.2 Hz is the low E string on your bass. 82.4 Hz is the first E on the D string. 164.8Hz is the first E on the G string, etc. A440 is the note that most tuners and pitchforks use as a standard tuning note

A
27.5
55.0
110.0
220.0
440.0
880.0
1760.0
3520.0
7040.0
Bb
29.1
58.3
116.5
233.1
466.2
932.3
1864.6
3729.3
7458.6
B
30.9
61.7
123.5
246.9
493.9
987.8
1975.5
3951.0
7902.1
C
32.7
65.4
130.8
261.6
523.3
1046.5
2093.0
4186.0
8372.0
C#
34.6
69.3
138.6
277.2
554.4
1108.7
2217.5
4435.0
8869.9
D
36.7
73.4
146.8
293.7
587.3
1174.7
2349.3
4698.6
9397.3
Eb
38.9
77.8
155.6
311.1
622.3
1244.5
2489.0
4978.0
9956.0
E
41.2
82.4
164.8
329.6
659.3
1318.5
2637.0
5274.1
10548.2
F
43.7
87.3
174.6
349.2
698.5
1396.9
2793.8
5587.7
11175.4
F#
46.2
92.5
185.0
370.0
740.0
1480.0
2960.0
5919.9
11839.8
G
49.0
98.0
196.0
392.0
784.0
1568.0
3136.0
6271.9
12543.8
Ab
51.9
103.8
207.7
415.3
830.6
1661.2
3322.4
6644.9
13289.8

Left Hand Basses

22 Mar
March 22, 2012

If you need a left hand bass, we can help you out. There are several ways to approach it:

1) the easiest way-if you are completely new to the bass and don’t already play lefty electric or guitar, consider learning right handed. Don’t get us wrong: we’re not prejudiced against lefties but with a good teacher and perseverance you will get just as comfortable playing right handed. The benefit is obvious: finding a bass won’t be such a hassle, ever, and you will have infinitely more instruments to choose from throughout your career.   Read more →

The New Bass Sound

22 Mar
March 22, 2012

The saying goes: “all great old basses were new once upon a time”. And this is so true. Basses sound better over time. There is still some mystery surrounding this phenomenon but it explains why in part older basses cost more than new basses. Basses also become more beautiful over time. The varnish colors intensify and deepen; a patina develops and over all the bass develops its own individual character. Read more →

Repairs

22 Mar
March 22, 2012

The Double Bass Workshop specializes in the repair and restoration of double basses. We do all manner of setup, repairs and adjustments and have years of experience with all manner of instruments. We only sell quality components and replacement parts. In most cases it’s just not worth paying the labor it costs to have a low quality part installed. That said, our labor rates are reasonable. We have flat rates for many of our procedures and if you’d like a quote, please feel free to contact us to talk it over.

Setup and Sound

22 Mar
March 22, 2012

Some Thoughts on Setup and Sound

The bass is unique because unlike the violin, viola or ‘cello, it doesn’t have as rigid of a standard for dimensions or setup. This is due in part to its bastard ancestry. The bass is a cross between the violin and viol da gamba family. Features that harken back to its viola da gamba roots are flat backs, gamba bouts or corners and perhaps tuning in fourths.

Violin family attributes include round backs, violin corners, “F” holes, four strings, no frets, and the characteristic violin type scroll. Read more →

Demystifying Bass Sizes

22 Mar
March 22, 2012

So what’s the deal with bass sizes anyways?!?

First off, unlike violins, violas and ‘cellos, basses have a much less rigid standard for dimensions and sizing. There is no exact formula to determine the size of a bass but these are some commonly accepted parameters:

Basses are mostly sized by the playing string length which is the length of the string between the bridge and the nut. Read more →

Double Bass Strings

13 Mar
March 13, 2012

Strings are one of those things that are difficult to describe and prescribe, especially when we don’t get to see the instrument or the player in person. There is a lot hype surrounding strings in the form of advertising, endorsements (meaningless if you ask us) and self-proclaimed experts who are convinced they know what you need. The big problem with strings is that they are part of a complex equation that is your total instrument and playing style including your bow and amp rig, so these other important factors have to be considered when selecting strings. Fortunately we can make some generalizations to help guide us toward certain strings and this is where having a lot of experience with strings comes in handy.  Read more →