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Posted by Larry F. on August 06, 2001 at 09:08:14:

In Reply to: Re: speed-aging a double bass posted by monte on August 04, 2001 at 08:37:35:

: : 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.

: This isn't as far fetched as it sounds. Vibrating the top of a bass makes it open up, which is what he means by aging it, because older basses that have been played have that sound. Museums use an invention made that contantly vibrates the stringed instruments to keep them played in. It may improve the sound of a cheap new chinese bass from sounding like a duck choking to the sound of a goose choking.......;-)

: Monte

: Most artificial aging techniques I've read and studied, found that blasting with sound (or more commonly white noise) is only moderately effective. One of the best ways I've found to open up the sound of new instruments is to open all of the seams and reglue them after about a year of playing. This releases many of the pressures built up in the bass from wood that may have been unevenly seasoned prior to the manufacture of the instrument. This is the reason why so many instruments sound better after a major repair. Of course I recomend having this done by a competant repairman.

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