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What’s This Angled Endpin Business?
The Lowdown with Dr. D

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 instrument is standing entirely upright,...

Old School: John Worster / Arvell Shaw Bohemian Double Bass (Circa 1820)
Old School

Old School: John Worster / Arvell Shaw Bohemian Double Bass (Circa 1820)

A couple of weeks ago, Damian Erskine sent me an email filled with excitement. Here’s an excerpt: You know about my trip to pick up my dad’s bass in St Louis, right? Well, Jim Widner (who cared for it for the past 25 years) pointed out a name carved in the front. Faint but clear: “Shaw”. Apparently this was Arvell...

Five Things to Remember to When Moving from Electric to Upright Bass
The Lowdown with Dr. D

Five Things to Remember to When Moving from Electric to Upright Bass

The electric bass and the double bass (aka Contrabass, Kontrabass, Contrebasse, Upright bass, Stand-up bass, String bass, Doghouse bass, etc. etc.) are cousins. It seems intuitive that one plays both instruments. After all, we share a range, number of strings (generally) and a tuning (most of the time). However, the constructions of the instruments differ enough to make for substantial...

Eastman Releases VB95 Eastman Pro Bass
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Eastman Releases VB95 Eastman Pro Bass

Eastman Guitars debuted a pair of new instruments at Summer NAMM this year including the VB95 Eastman Pro Bass. Designed with the touring player or weekend warrior in mind, the new double bass features a fully carved spruce top with gamba corners, a solid laminate back and ribs, and a solid ebony fingerboard. The bass’s body is finished in an...

Basic Care of Your Upright Bass: Part 2
The Lowdown with Dr. D

Basic Care of Your Upright Bass: Part 2

While there are certainly deals out there, an upright bass can cost. Even a “student model” plywood bass, properly set up, can easily set you back around $2000 US. The prices only go up from there. Needless to say, most of us would like to protect this investment. The suggestions below are a continuation of Basic Care of Your Upright...

Basic Care of Your Upright Bass: Part 1
The Lowdown with Dr. D

Basic Care of Your Upright Bass: Part 1

While there are certainly deals out there, an upright bass can cost. Even a “student model” plywood bass, properly set up, can easily set you back around $2,000 US. The prices only go up from there. Needless to say, most of us would like to protect this investment. Here are some basics everyone should know about owning an upright bass....

Bass of the Week: Chadwick Folding Bass
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Chadwick Folding Bass

Ask any double bassist what the biggest pain is about their instrument of choice, and they’ll likely tell you it is the task of lugging it around. Enter the Chadwick Folding Bass: a standard 3/4 bass that folds in on itself for travel. The bass has a removable panel on the back that allows the entire neck to fold into....

UNT Bass Camp: 100 Basses – At Once
Bass Videos

UNT Bass Camp: 100 Basses – At Once

It just keeps getting better and better. Last week, we shared a video of 90 bassists performing at once. It was the most watched video of the week. Then a guy named Will sent this along, which tipped the scales. He said approximately 100 bassists are performing at once on this stage. Now I’m awaiting an email where someone says...

Nothing But Bass: 90 Kontrabass Orchestra
Bass Videos

Nothing But Bass: 90 Kontrabass Orchestra

Sz?ke Richard shared this video, saying “no treble at all”. Indeed. And we love it.

Bass of the Week: David Gage Czech-Ease Double Bass
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: David Gage Czech-Ease Double Bass

Anyone who has traveled with an upright bass knows that it can be a real hassle. While electric upright basses are easier to get around, they don’t give the same feel and response as their acoustic brethren. Renowned luthier David Gage reacted to the issue by designing the Czech-Ease: a full scale double bass that features an abbreviated body for...