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  • Bass of the Week: Roberto Franceschini Double Bass

    Bass of the Week: Roberto Franceschini Double Bass

    This week we’re checking out a cool double bass made by Italian luthier Roberto Franceschini. The instrument features a slimmed down body that makes it more portable while retaining the acoustic sound of a double bass. “Various luthiers around the world have been trying for years to find solutions for building less bulky double basses... »

  • Bass of the Week: Kanzian & Traunsteiner Viennese Five-String Bass

    Bass of the Week: Kanzian & Traunsteiner Viennese Five-String Bass

    As a double bass player, I love seeing old basses and wondering what stories they could tell. But I also love seeing the creation of new masterpieces, including this Kanzian & Traunsteiner five-string bass. Alex Kanzian and Fabian Traunsteiner are luthiers based in Vienna, Austria that opened their own shop about five years ago. “We... »

  • Dealing with a Removable Neck

    Dealing with a Removable Neck

    Q: I have read your latest column on the set-up of your bass and that you had a removable neck installed. I never had one and one of the reasons why I’m holding off on this is the fact that a removable neck also means a removable bridge. I mean: the bridge is not fixed... »

  • Ear Trumpet Labs Introduces Nadine Upright Bass Microphone

    Ear Trumpet Labs Introduces Nadine Upright Bass Microphone

    Double bassists have a new option for amplifying their instrument with the Ear Trumpet Labs Nadine microphone. The medium-large diaphragm condenser mic is specifically designed for upright bass with its low end tuned to give a flat response at the mounting distance. Its cardioid pickup pattern is designed to pick up as much of the... »

  • My Double Bass Setup: Part 4 – Endpin, Removable Neck and Travel Case

    My Double Bass Setup: Part 4 – Endpin, Removable Neck and Travel Case

    Endpin I also use an angled endpin while standing. The main reason for this is to take the weight of the instrument off my left hand while allowing my left hand easy access to the complete fingerboard. For more on this, check out this column. Some people have noted that my endpin length and angle... »

  • My Double Bass Setup: Part 3 – String Spacing and String Height

    My Double Bass Setup: Part 3 – String Spacing and String Height

    String Spacing My string spacing at the nut is approximately 8 millimeters between each string and my string spacing at the bridge is about 22 millimeters between each string. By contrast a more traditional setup might be 10 mm at the nut and 28 mm at the bridge. Although this particular change may seem small... »

  • My Double Bass Setup: Part 2 – Number of Strings, Tuning and Fingerboard Length

    My Double Bass Setup: Part 2 – Number of Strings, Tuning and Fingerboard Length

    I play a five-string bass with both a higher string and a low C, via an extension. My specific tuning is (from lowest to highest) C, B, E, A, D. The low C string can be tuned via capos (on the C extension) to any chromatic note between C and E (the more standard low... »

  • My Double Bass Setup: Part 1 – The Bow

    My Double Bass Setup: Part 1 – The Bow

    Usually in this column I talk about general double bass (upright bass) subjects, or answer specific questions that I think will be of benefit to the largest number of readers. Lately, however, I’ve been getting a great many questions about my personal bass setup. So, in the next few columns I’m going to go through... »

  • NS Design Unveils NXTa Active Series Omni Bass and Double Bass Models

    NS Design Unveils NXTa Active Series Omni Bass and Double Bass Models

    NS Design has teamed up with Mi-Si Electronics Design to introduce the NXTa Active series of instruments, including versions of the company’s Omni Bass and Double Bass models. Central to the new series is the introduction of battery-free, high-performance active electronics. The circuitry works is powered by plugging into a wall socket for one minute... »

  • Claus Freudenstein Introduces US Made Minibass

    Claus Freudenstein Introduces US Made Minibass

    Claus Freudenstein has unveiled the US version of his Freudenstein Minibass, a miniature contrabass designed for teaching children as young as five years old. It has a 70cm string length and comes in multiple colors. The bass is made of plywood and is braced inside. Freudenstein also has an accompanying book, entitled “Mini Bass”, for... »