Hi, I'm an electric bass player who would like to try upright. The only practical way for me is an electric upright. I have put a post in the wanted area for a Stagg or similar. I wondered if anybody could recommend any similar entry level makes, or indeed have one for sale. Many thanks, Dave
Up for sale is my Bridge Cetus, a stunning instrument that I bought new from Promenade Music in 2018. It has never been gigged or even left my flat, subsequently it is in pretty much new condition. I am selling this with regret as a result of wrist issues that due to an pre-existing condition, are making it very difficult for me to progress on the instrument.
Here are the specs taken from the Bridge Violins website:
Body: hollow moulded bodyshell, from carbon fibre and kevlar composites
Headstock and neck: The neck and headstock are carved from a single maple block. The
headstock design is a modified copy of the 1710 Stradivari Viola da Gamba head. The neck is hand coloured and finished with oils, for a fast, smooth, traditional finish.
Fingerboard: Ebony fingerboard
The Bridge pick up system is encapsulated within the bridge, designed
Tailpiece: ebony tailpiece.
Endpin: Basses use an ebony plug, notched steel rod with brass screw and ferrule, and
removable rubber protector.
Bridge Pick-Up System:
The pickup system is designed by Bridge and unique to these instruments. It uses a piezo crystal configuration giving an accurate acoustic sound with an even tone. The pickup uses all mechanical movements of the instrument to generate its acoustic sound.
Bridge Active Circuitry: has a sophisticated active circuitry dedicated to the frequency range of the instrument, uses a 9V battery giving approx 3000 hours playing time.
This bass has a surprisingly natural and woody tone for an instrument with a carbon fibre body, it's the best sounding EUB around in my opinion. You'll notice that the back plate that houses the 9V battery cavity is lined with Blu Tack; this is not to mask a defect, it was done because the back panel is made of light material and vibrated slightly when I played certain notes on the instrument unplugged. This slight buzz was not audible when it was played amplified.
Not looking for trades, just a sale please. As you can see, the soft case the bass came with offers little in the way of protection so it's collection only from the Preston Park area of Brighton. The bass comes with the aforementioned soft case, a horsehair German Double Bass bow and some rosin. These basses don't come up for sale very often - this one is in practically new condition, they go for £3,250 new. Come and try it out yourself. Message me with any questions or for additional pictures.
Here's my feedback:
NS Design CR4M Electric Upright Bass.
This EUB was bought so I could practice while I was on tour. Unfortunately I couldn't bring it with me so it stayed at home. This item is in mint condition. Never gigged and not a scratch on it.
To buy this bass new would be £3000 RRP
Comes with NS Design Composite Bow worth £219 RRP
Below is the description from THE BASS CENTRE where I bought the instrument in 2017.
Please Message me for postage costs or any questions/offers,
Can meet in person too.
Thanks for your interest
NS Design... For The Perfect Performance
The NS CR Series Double Bass, with its exceptional versatility and tonal quality, has long been an indispensable tool for the serious bassist and is one of the most popular electric uprights amongst professional players.
Available in 4 and 5 string models, the lean, solid body CR Series Double Bass is made from select maple and ebony. The full scale fingerboard is graduated for consistent response from note to note, with adjustable relief and bridge height to suit all playing styles. The NS Polar™ bridge pickup system combines great sound with directional sensitivity, for a rich and expressive response to pizzicato and arco technique.
"Boasts impeccable craftsmanship from a country with a reputation for quality upright bass building. Its clean aesthetics, excellent playability, and great sound put it ahead of the pack" Bass Player Magazine
The NS CR4M and CR5M models additionally feature EMG™ magnetic pickups which further expand the performance possibilities to include classic, modern electric bass sounds, as well as an astonishing pure, acoustic tone.
The CRT 4 and 5 string models are designed for players with more "traditional" tastes, preserving the standard 106cm upright scale length and ensuing that fingering and string tension are consistent with those of acoustic upright double basses.
Several interchangeable support systems are available for the bass: the self supporting tripod stand (supplied), a more conventional end pin stand and a choice of NS Design shoulder strap systems for full mobility.
Maple Body & Neck
The body and neck of the CR Series Double Bass are crafted from solid European hard maple, with a flame maple face. The neck has a traditional upright shape, but with extended access to the upper register of the fingerboard. The solid-body design enhances sustain and clarity and is resistant to the adverse effects of temperature change and humidity
The seasoned ebony fingerboard is hand graduated to ensure that each note is even and buzz free. An adjustable truss rod allows for precise relief adjustment for different strings and playing style. Small dots across the neck provide accurate position markers.
NS Polar™ Bridge Pickup System
The Polar™ pickup system can sense either lateral or vertical string vibration - or both! Set in the lateral mode, the pickup has unparalleled sensitivity in the direction of the bow. In the vertical mode, plucked notes are remarkably even and sustained.
EMG Magnetic Pickups (on CR4M & CR5M Models)
The low-impedance EMG pickups incorporate individually adjustable coils and neodymium magnets. Each coil is buffered separately for a full sound quality with very low noise
Active EQ & Mixer
Controls include volume, a toggle switch to select the mode of the Polar pickup and individual bass & treble controls. On the CR4M & CR5M and additional blend control allows the ouput of the magnetic and piezo pickups to be mixed to your taste. The 18 volt power supply insures plenty of reserve overhead for full dynamics.
Two screws in the back of the body are used to adjust the bridge up and down. This allows the instrument to be set up to meet the requirements of many different playing styles.
Adjustable CR Tripod Stand - Heavy duty steel construction; Full height and tilt adjustments allow the player to select the ideal position, seated or standing.
Padded Gig Gag - Padded tube with handle and shoulder strap, 137 cm (54") long; 18cm (7") in diameter. Loaded weight is 8.2kg (18lbs), including stand. Fits in the overhead luggage compartment of most commercial aircraft.