Re: speed-aging a double bass

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Posted by Rudy Zulkarnaen on August 06, 2001 at 19:27:59:

In Reply to: speed-aging a double bass posted by Paul Warner on August 04, 2001 at 06:05:02:

: Just read about a technique for aging a new bass (in this case, Chinese)quickly by standing it in front of its own amplifier, adjusting volume to create moderate feedback, then leaving it to quietly scream at itself for a few days! Does anybody know anything about this? Is it really likely to improve the tone by accelerating the aging/maturing process...or is it more likely to wreck your amp, and seriously upset the neighbourhood? I can`t believe that vibration alone is involved in the gradual improvement of tone in an older instrument. The guy seemed serious and genuine.

what an interesting technique. i'm just about to buy my first bass (i'm quite a beginner), but i could tell the difference of an old seasoned bass to the new unplayed one. could you tell me where did you read this.
also, i've got an idea that i have in my mind for a while. i will put my future bass in front of the speaker of my pa system, and play some cd's of upright bass players from classical to jazzers, so my bass could be seasoned by the right sound. what do you think about this idea?

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