The first lockdown hit me hard, I lost pretty much all my work overnight, amidst this panic and uncertainty I did what any self respecting working bass player would do... panic-bought a 6 string bass!
I’ve always loved this track ‘The Mirror’ by Brian Bromberg (who by the way is an incredible musician!) and the 6 string allows me the range to play it. So here’s my version of this track - I hope you enjoy it!
For the gear nerds:
Gruv gear fret wrap
Apollo Twin MKII
I seek the collective wisdom of the bass-hive mind. On my upright is an 11 year old set of Pirastro Obligatos. I cannot remember what it sounded like 11 years ago and Obligatos are famed for being warm with less definition and my ears are surely degraded in that time, but I swear it's far deader and woolly now than when new.
Trouble is bass strings are a not insignificant chunk of change now and I'm not one for wasting strings that can be restored. On my electric one very nice trick I've used successfully is the detune and slap technique. This fairly obviously cannot be done on my upright so does anyone have any tips for bringing a bit of life into strings, particularly Obligatos?
Failing that, what's the general feel for arco and pizz strings these days? I totally get it's personal, but it's been 11 years since I last looked and there are brands I've never heard of now and I don't know where to start! At the time I really liked the sound of Spirocore when plucked, but the scratch when bowed put me off. Is there a proper hybrid on the market now?
A Free Ernie Ball 130 Gauge Bass string, brand new string, I recently Brought a Second hand 4 string Fender precision
which came with a brand new set of strings for a 5 string Bass!! so not required here!!
I sell this beautiful Eminence Upright Acoustic Bass.
The finish of this instrument is totally different from the others as it has a french polish.
Sound very similar to amplified double bass. It has a Realist pickup installed.
Padded soft bag (20mm foam) with handles and back straps.
I give a Krivo magnetic pick up.
Length: 1,60 m ( 62,99 in) Without endpin.
Weight: 6 kg. (13,22 lb) Incl. gigbag
Neck: Maple. Fingerboard: Ebony.
Top: Laminate Spruce. Back: Laminated Flamed Maple.
Ribs: Laminated Flamed Maple. 7,6 cm. (2,99 in)
Scale: 105 cm. (41,33 in)
Body Size: 26 x 82 cm. ( 10,23 x 32,28 in)
Bassbar and Soundpost: Spruce.
Bridge: Maple adjustable.
Tailpiece: Solid Brass.
Removable Wooden Waist Extension.
Anti-rotational endpin, the Steady-Foot.
Gear 4 Music laminate double bass. A couple of repairs (including one to the front) and setup a few years ago. See pics. Nice sound, easy to play. Half size but perfectly useable by full size adult (I'm 5'10"), easier to transport than 3/4 size and obviously good for the shorter of stature. D and G gut strings, E and A are steels. Good for both Arco and Pizz. Comes with a lightweight rigid case and a French bow. Available in Hertfordshire but can bring to Cambridge if required.
Open to sensible offers.