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  1. Is that a strap button in the back of the neck? It reminds me of Sloth from The Goonies.
  2. It does vary from bass to bass though. I didn't like the Presto A & E at all on my ply bass but they work well enough on my carved bass. Having said that I reckon I'd struggle with the E if the carved bass was my gigging bass.
  3. Presto Nylon Lights have less tension than spiro weich (IME) so the Presto ultralight would definitely be lower. I'd suggest trying just the light/ultralight G or G and D with your existing Spiros as there is much better definition on the Spiro A and E strings compared to the Presto A and E.
  4. I wouldn't go so far as to call it snobbery, these guys have reputations to protect and if it's perceived (incorrectly or otherwise) that they're doing weird stuff to double basses, it could have a detrimental effect on their business. If you haven't tried the f-hole plugs, give it a go, it may dampen the resonance enough for your needs. Otherwise it's a DIY sound post job.
  5. Exactly. In my experience, most double bass luthiers are entirely focussed on setting up instruments for unamplified classical or jazz playing - unsurprising as these genres will represent 95% of their clientele, and as such, are completely unaware of some of the modifications that are common among rockabilly players. Someone emailing a traditional luthier asking for a second soundpost would probably be regarded as a bit of a nutter, asking for something that goes against what a double bass is supposed to do, i.e. resonate as much as possible to produce tone and volume. If you haven't already, a bit of explanation about why you want a second soundpost may help, even better, vist the shop and speak to them personally so that they can see that you're not taking the pee.
  6. It may be a bit of both.... I had trouble finding a luthier who was willing to glue one end of my soundpost in place (a couple of recent stage invasions had resulted in my bridge being knocked over and the soundpost falling down). The person who did finally consent only did so on the condition that I never tell anyone it was them.
  7. We use two TS112s and a TS315 as our monitors. The 112s are at the front and take vocals and guitar and bass if needed. The 315 is next to the drummer and takes bass, drums and a bit of guitar and vocals. We've only had the 315 for a few gigs but pretty happy with it so far.
  8. Mr Wolf's in Bristol might be big enough to accommodate you. Or try the Crofters Rights and The Exchange, though both are regular mus8c venues and may well be already booked for August bank holiday.
  9. I once heard a (probably untrue) story about an interviewer asking Phil Lynott if he regretted never breaking America. 'I regret never getting to [email protected]# Kate Bush' says Phil, 'but what can you do?'
  10. I tape mine on the side of the shoulder of my double bass.
  11. This sort of thing is a familiar story on Talkbass - BlastCult and Hammersmith are two bass builders that spring to mind. There's probably a bunch of non-cab building cab builders on there too.
  12. I'm in Bristol but I can post it to you if you want to try it. I've just had a little play with it, because of this thread and it's actually quite nice. Very clean sounding and certainly 'sterile' compated to the Krivo, but I'd be happy to use it as a backup....which is why I bought it.
  13. In my experience, EUBs sound more fretless bass guitar like because they have more sustain/resonate less than a double bass, so to make a DB sustain more/resonate less, I'd use the Spiro weich, block up your f-holes, maybe stick something (bar towel?) between the tailpiece and top and then switch the Krivo for something less microphonic like a schaller magnetic pickup. I bought a Kent Armstrong magnetic double bass pickup a while ago as it was going cheap - it's much more 'electric' sounding than the Krivo as it only picks up the string vibration and none of the body resonance. You're welcome to give it try if you want?
  14. Greg Cordez http://www.gregcordez.com
  15. Mine are for home use only, in my 'bass alcove, where the upper bout is in contact with the wall for added stability. The stands are surprisingly sturdy, I sometimes use mine as step to get stuff from high shelves.
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