Re: 1/2 sized vs. 3/4 sized-- help!

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Posted by Francis X. on June 02, 2001 at 07:55:19:

In Reply to: 1/2 sized vs. 3/4 sized-- help! posted by Jay Brooks on May 31, 2001 at 08:52:51:

: Hello everyone,

: I've played electric bass for about 17 years. I plan to buy an upright and I have found a 1/2 sized laminated that sounds decent, feels great and is selling for a very reasonable price. Everyone I have spoken with says I should not get a 1/2 sized but a 3/4 sized. Could someone point me in the right direction? (I'm currently in a jazz quintet which plays local bars and restaurants)

: Thanks!

: jay

Dear Jay:

Don't let anyone discourage you from buying the smaller bass,

particularly if it works well and you can get it at a good price.

The smaller bass is easier to play and transport,

especially if you are not physically large.

I'm very comfortable with my 5/8 size(feels like dancing with my 90lb girlfriend),but have big problems playing on my

teacher's 3/4 size(feels like dancing with a Hippo). As far as practical application is concerned,

the disadvantages of the smaller sizes are lack of volume and projection.

However,you will probably need a pick-up and amplifier to be heard with a jazz group anyway,

even with a 3/4 size,so get small and be happy.

Francis X.

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