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Posted by LS on February 24, 2002 at 18:34:45:

I have a 3/4 upright bass, made in Germany in the late 40's, that I use for bluegrass. I need to replace the end pin -- the threads stripped in the metal ring and the wooden tip broke. While I'm at it, I thought I would replace the tail gut. The one that's on it is like a piece of heavy-duty coathanger, so I thought I'd replace it with a cable. Any recommendations on what to purchase and from where? Looks like I can get an ebony end pin with steel shaft for $35, and the tail gut cable from a site in Canada for less than $5.

I have wound steel strings, and they've been on the bass for quite awhile. I haven't played the bass much in about ten years, but I've started playing with a band again. How do I know when it's time to replace them? What's a good choice for bluegrass?

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