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  • 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... »

  • Double Bass vs. Bass Guitar

    Double Bass vs. Bass Guitar

    Q: I have been playing bass guitar for about 8 years, got my grade 8, toured, recorded and got myself to a semi-professional session level. As I am going to go full time as a bass player in the next 18-24 months (I am realistic as well as ambitious) I started lessons with an outstanding... »

  • Buying Your First Double Bass (Upright Bass): Part 2

    Buying Your First Double Bass (Upright Bass): Part 2

    Now that we have had a short introduction into the various sizes and materials of double basses, we are ready to get our own upright bass. Here are a few thoughts on the final steps. Renting For those folks who aren’t ready to commit financially, renting can seem attractive. If you are just dipping your... »

  • Buying Your First Double Bass (Upright Bass): Part 1

    Buying Your First Double Bass (Upright Bass): Part 1

    When people are just starting to get interested in playing the double bass there can be some trepidation when it comes to obtaining one. Both the prices and the terminology can be off-putting for someone just starting out. For those of you thinking about buying your first upright bass, below are a few things to... »

  • Bass of the Week: Evilectric Skull Bass

    Bass of the Week: Evilectric Skull Bass

    With a name like Evilectric, you might guess that the company makes some gnarly looking basses. You’d be right. Evilectric builds full 41 3/4-inch scale electric upright basses with custom designs. Only three have been made so far, and this week we’re checking out the Skull bass. The body is a skull and cross bones... »

  • Bass of the Week: Nick Lloyd Basses 3/4 Lloyd Standard Model

    Bass of the Week: Nick Lloyd Basses 3/4 Lloyd Standard Model

    There’s something uniquely beautiful about the double bass, and Nick Lloyd knows how to accentuate it. This week we check out his 3/4 Lloyd Standard Model featuring gorgeous woods and interesting twist. The bass’s design includes walnut back and sides with a classic flatback. “Previously I came across some beautiful, centuries-old Italian basses made from... »

  • What’s This Angled Endpin Business?

    What’s This Angled Endpin Business?

    I get lots of questions about my bass and “what’s up with that endpin?” ranks in the top ten. As you know, most endpins come straight out of the bass, at a angle more or less parallel with the back of the instrument, a 90 degrees relation to the bottom of the instrument. When the... »