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Posted by François Blais on October 29, 2001 at 07:14:13:

In Reply to: Re: This is new one to me! posted by Mark Carlsen on October 28, 2001 at 22:06:55:

: : 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.

I said that a carved bassbar was useless, not the instument.
It seems we agree that these integrated bass bars are found on cheaper instruments. And that nowadays, all good instruments use a glued carved bassbar.
"Obviously someone with very little knowledge on the subject." is what you told me.
This is not true and was't very inspiring to get a positive idea exchange.

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