Re: I need a 1/8 size - any ideas?

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Posted by Julia on July 12, 2000 at 04:54:43:

In Reply to: Re: I need a 1/8 size - any ideas? posted by Bob Gollihur on July 07, 2000 at 11:07:55:

: : : : My daughter Tara plays the double bass, she is only 8 and to date has been using a 1/4 size - however she's not very big + her teacher has recommended a 1/8 size - and there seems to be very little information on them. (She's only been playing 6 months - so we're looking 'beginner' here!) We're in southern England - so if anyone has any ideas of where I can get hold of a second had 1/8 size in the UK, Ireland, France (or possibly Florida USA - business takes me out there fairly regularly) I'd really appreciate hearing from you.

: : : : Julia

: : : I was just chatting with a fellow whose son (13) goes to a Summer Bass Program in Wisconsin (US). He mentioned that an 8 year old student was enrolled last year and played a cello strung and tuned for bass. Perhaps that's a solution, and an inexpensive one, since it is a short-term problem.

: : Thanks for info on restringing cello - will look into it, in the meantime I've been offered a new 1/8 Zeller for 800 sterling (@US$1200) anyone know if this is a good instrument/deal? I have yet to work out how to measure basses - can anyone tell me how I know if it's 1/8 size or 1/4 size? Julia

: I've never seen one, but I understand the 1/4 size scale length is around 34 inches. A 'normal' 3/4 size bass' scale length is around 41-42 inches.

I gather you're right, I've now found out the 1/8 has 32" scale length - also that the 1/4 is still not small enough so I'm after the 1/8 again - (was offered a chinese 1/4 - new- at 560 (US$840) seems cheap!

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