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  1. I'm not surprised that this went quickly! lucky new owner!
  2. philparker

    Bass Transcriptions

    Excellent work - I love those bass lines!
  3. philparker

    NBD a long and exciting journey ahead

    I mostly pluck the G String, but then again...
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    Hey, congratulations, it looks good and now that it's well set up that's a pretty good price for approx £1k and much more suitable for festivals than your 4/4!
  5. philparker

    RESOLVED: Shipping a bass to Germany

    It would be cheaper to drive to Frome and get Martin Penning to sort it out properly for you?
  6. philparker


    Fortunately, it wasn't windy that day (,but it was cold) and it was a good day for taking photos, but the next harder mountain, I wasn't able to take any photos! It's just over 10 years old now, I wish I was able to do that trip again!
  7. philparker

    Christian McBride at Cheltenham May 06,2018

    Thanks, I will check that out!
  8. philparker


    Yes, I'm also tempted, but I'm not back to N Manchester until St Patrick's Day (for gigs, of course) if it's not sold by then I wouldn't hesitate!
  9. philparker

    Fast legato arco runs

    Ok, I'm certainly not a specialist, but this one would depend on how much time you had to view or study the music in the first instance. I've just had to sight read some music at a similar tempo on the theme for Superman (don't laugh, it sounds good). What I try and do, and I will get picked up if I don't, is play it as written, just use short bows. Our conductor doesn't miss a thing and if I play legato when not written I will get picked up. If I'm not capable of playing it, I may play legato and tell the conductor it was too fast and I will practise it later!
  10. philparker


    Great amp - and a very good price for what you're getting, although I use the amp 1, I believe these are very good for double bass as well as being more powerful than the Amp 1 for bigger venues. I'm surprised this is still he at this price! GLWTS-type-bump
  11. philparker

    Double Bass Workshops - 2018

    Three more dates for those further afield - I don't have all the details yet, but can get hold of them if anyone is interested: Sunday 18 March Green Hammerton Village Hall, York Saturday 21 April Appley Bridge Village Hall, Wigan Sunday 22 April High Lane Village Hall, Stockport Details and enquiries at this website: http://www.recitalmusic.net/spweb/content.php?contentid=392
  12. For your diary - for those interested and those who can make it: Saturday 17 February 2018 Wolvercote Village Hall (Oxford, UK) Double Bass Workshop directed by David Heyes. Sunday 18 February 2018 Trumpington Village Hall (Cambridge, UK) Double Bass Workshop directed by David Heyes Sunday 15 April 2018 Purcell School (Bushey, Herts, UK) London Basses Workshop directed by David Heyes & Eloise Riddel 17-19 August 2018 BASS-FEST 2018 St John’s Community Halls, Broadbridge Heath (West Sussex, UK) Directed by David Heyes (UK) with Mette Hanskov (Denmark), Simón García (tbc) & Lucy Keller (UK) 22-23 September 2018 WELLS DOUBLE BASS WEEKEND Wells Cathedral School (Wells, Somerset, UK) Directed by David Heyes (UK) with Gabriele Ragghianti (Italy), Emma Sullivan (Australia) & May Halyburton (Scotland). Sponsored by Recital Music and Martin Penning (www.mpenning-luthier.co.uk)
  13. philparker

    Bass bow advice

    A bow can be difficult to recommend, rather like a bicycle saddle - what suits one may not suit another. However, a good second-hand Pernambuco bow can sometimes be bought from eBay for a reasonable price. I got lucky, paying about £300 for a bow that may have cost the original owner £1k 20 years ago and it suits me well enough to stop saving for that £2k - £3k (second hand) bow! If you can attend a workshop or mass event with other DB players (a bass bash?) that may be a good place to start trying others' bows.
  14. Always measure from the end of the fingerboard to the underside of the string. Under the E string, I would say that 13 mm is on the high side (depending on what style you play) and 8 mm is on the low side. Under the G - 9 MM is on the high side; 5 mm is on the low side. There are lots of variables on preference and playing side so please don't quote me or this as the definitive.