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Posted by Howard Linscott on February 15, 2001 at 15:44:10:
In Reply to: big mistake - need suggestions. posted by Jeremy Hunt on February 08, 2001 at 10:53:30:
There is such a thing as high solo tuning for the double bass. From the highest string down: C, G, D, A. If your string length is 40 inches or more it can be played by most players. Go to a good violin shop and buy the high C, and move the other strings over one place, removing the low E. If your bass is of light construction it should sing quite nicely in this new tuning. Advertise it as ideal for a bass soloist, emphasizing the high tuning and sweet sound. Has it been made by a known maker or is it plywood or amateur made? These factors will affect its saleability (or tradeability)
I had an unattractive amateur-made bass once that was very lightly wooded. I tuned it to high solo tuning and it sang like a bird. It was easy to sell, but I wish now that I hadn't. You could play chords on it and do all sorts of things you can't on any other bass. It sounded like a cello with real balls.
TIP:Always refer to it as a double bass or contrabass. Stand-up bass or acoustic bass are incorrect modern terms. The classically trained players and buyers for a solo bass may not take you seriously if you use the wrong name.
Tell me how you do. I'm betting you might even make a profit!
: I bought a bass on e-bay. It's a nice bass the only problem is, it's 1/2 size and I was looking for 3/4 size. It was mostly my fault for not thourogly checking out all info. They did not list size so I ASSumed it was 3/4. Now I am Stuck with aninstrument I don't want and am out quite a bit of dough. Does anyone have a suggestion about how I can work out a deal with a local shopp to swap a 1/2 size for a 3/4 size. Obviously Ill need to spend a little more for the bigger bass.
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