Re: This is new one to me!

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Posted by Mark Carlsen on October 28, 2001 at 22:06:55:

In Reply to: Re: This is new one to me! posted by Dave Kaczorowski on October 28, 2001 at 15:56:34:

: According to things I've read, Francois is sort of on the right
: track. The carved bassbar is a throwback to the gamba family
: of instruments. When the violin family was invented in the late
: 1500's the carved bassbar was dispensed with and replaced with the
: glued bassbar. The glued bass bar does a better job of supporting
: the higher tension strings of the violin family and helps provide
: more volume. For reasons I'm unaware of the carved bass bar (more
: commonly called the integrated bass bar) was still used by some
: makers for awhile though it's inferiority was known. I believe I read
: an article in Bass World by Barrie Kolstein, and I also think _A New
: History of the Doublebass_ by Paul Brun touches on the subject.

: Judging by the description of the bass (wooden pegs, integrated bass bar),
: I'd guess it's probably older than 60 years.

I would have to agree with you for the most part.Why do most basses have glued Bass bars today?My whole point with Francois's statement is that you can have a carved bass bar and the instrument is not useless.Has Francois acually played a bass with an integrated Bass bar?And his point that it must be glued I felt was not 100% correct.Thats all I'm saying, My 2 cents worth.

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