Re: speed-aging a double bass

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Posted by Solange on August 28, 2001 at 13:41:32:

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.

I bought an old bass,a friend fixed it up and put a coat of paint on it. I just about died when I saw it and died a second time when I tried it out.It had no sound. A friend told me about putting it infront of a radio speakers,turning it up and and just leaving it which I did. I have had a lot of compliments on the sound of my bass through the years.They can't believe that with a coat of white paint it can sound so good.

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