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My next EUB - recommendations please!

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1 hour ago, TheRev said:

There's a Bespoke Superlight EUB on Ebay for £1000:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Bespoke-Basses-electric-upright-double-bass/293894729565?hash=item446d7daf5d:g:VxsAAOSw2gBf1elW

They're not made anymore but they had a good reputation as well made and good sounding EUBs.

That does take me back to my Mecano days! 😁

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I really like that super light...still miss that double bass option. I had an old Zeller which was killed by a clumsy singer.

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I bought a second hand Emenince EUB about a year ago and then a KK - love them both for different reasons......The Emenince for the playability, overall sound (its ALL wood - bracing/bar with the flame maple veneer on the  back n sides) and the KK for sound and its looks - if your looking to play for the next 5-10 years plus, then forget the price and invest now - good luck

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The pics might be deceiving me, but does the scale length of the basses vary?

E.g. my Stagg EUB has a 41.5" scale length. How does that compare to the EUBs that you guys have?

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20 minutes ago, Al Krow said:

The pics might be deceiving me, but does the scale length of the basses vary?

E.g. my Stagg EUB has a 41.5" scale length. How does that compare to the EUBs that you guys have?

My Warwick is 104 cm, i.e. approx. 40.9". Also an Eb neck and I'd expect most to be D.

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7 hours ago, Al Krow said:

The pics might be deceiving me, but does the scale length of the basses vary?

E.g. my Stagg EUB has a 41.5" scale length. How does that compare to the EUBs that you guys have?

My Yamaha SLB 200 has a 34" fingerboard, nut to bridge is 40 3/4 ".

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Scale length is traditionally quoted as nut to bridge (certainly for electric basses) and they do all seem to be coming in at around the 41" mark!

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The scale length for a 3/4 size double bass is around 41", but its not a universal standard and will vary from maker to maker.

My Eminence is 41"

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23 minutes ago, TheRev said:

The scale length for a 3/4 size double bass is around 41", but its not a universal standard and will vary from maker to maker.

My Eminence is 41"

Agreed - all of the models so far have been 41" give or take a bit! The scores on the door so far...

Stagg EUB 41.5"

Warwick approx. 40.9"

MK Studio passive is 41"

Yamaha SLB 200 is 40 3/4 "

Eminence is 41"

Average = 41" on the nose!

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105 cm scale for my Leduc U-Contrebasse 6, so 41.3385827 inches. French scaled with a D neck (at the body rest).

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On 06/01/2021 at 10:12, Al Krow said:

The pics might be deceiving me, but does the scale length of the basses vary?

E.g. my Stagg EUB has a 41.5" scale length. How does that compare to the EUBs that you guys have?

That's about right. Scale length for a 3/4 is generally around 41.3", but it can vary a bit either way

Full size is around 43.3", but a 3/4 size bass is pretty much the standard now.

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"3/4 size" is definitely a misnomer, isn't it, if full size is only a 6% bigger scale length! 

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1 hour ago, Al Krow said:

"3/4 size" is definitely a misnomer, isn't it, if full size is only a 6% bigger scale length! 

Yes; if mathematicians were in charge, a 3/4-size bass would have a scale length of 3√(3/4) x 43.3" = 39.4".

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14 minutes ago, jrixn1 said:

Yes; if mathematicians were in charge, a 3/4-size bass would have a scale length of x 43.3" = 39.4".

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Well you've now piqued my interest(!) but I'm not sure about your formula...

3√(3/4) = 3*0.866 = 2.60 as your multiplicative factor?

Scrap that! I think you meant 3√(3/4) i.e. cube root of 3/4 which makes better sense! :) 

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Yes, sorry, I meant the cube root but didn't know how to make the small 3!

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Just now, jrixn1 said:

Yes, sorry, I meant the cube root but didn't know how to make the small 3!

It's the X2 button in the formatting bar :)

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But thanks, anyway, for the formula.

What it does tell me is that a "3/4" EUB is actually an 85% EUB if we were going on scaled down volumes, but because they are effectively sticks, they're perhaps better thought of as 95% EUBs based on scale length. Lol! 

And the scale length of a "3/4" EUB is  significantly closer to a full scale upright than a short scale bass (30") is to a standard 34" scale bass. 

Well I've learnt something new today! 😊

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I’ll be honest, I haven’t read this entire thread.

But if you’re looking to spend ~£1k and find the more expensive EUBs out of reach, do consider buying an actual double bass.

You’ll get a good second hand laminated bass or even solid wood example at that level.

You’ll learn far more in terms of technique using the real thing.

Good luck....

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