Originally Posted by eerbrev
I know someone who has a busetto model. It's a nice bass with good low end and a ballsy high end (the way he has it set up anyways) but the midrange is a bit underwhelming, which makes the low end a bit undefined. I like it, but i think it's good that he's looking at upgrading as well. It's a good bass for solo stuff as he has it set up ( a bit extreme, dominants and a wingless bridge) but just missing something for orchestra.
I have this particular bass at the moment. I took the wingless bridge off and put a normal one on, had the soundpost moved down a little, a setup tweak and different strings. You'd be amazed at how just these things changed the sound of the instrument. The Dominants/wingless bridge thing just wasn't for me, far too bright and hard to handle. Of course my bow skills aren't even close to the previous owner's. It now has a lot more balanced sound all around, and a lot more bottom. Much nicer (IMO) for both Orchestra and Jazz
I have had two Pollmann Basses, one from the early 80's and this one from 1970. Both really good Basses but somewhat different in their sound.
The Bass from the 80's needed some work, the back was very thick. Once we got that sorted out it was a very nice sounding Bass, somewhat darker than the 1970 Bass. the top was a bit thicker as well - probably made some difference.
Both Basses had a bigger lower bout than those made today.
Mine is close to 27 inches across. The label inside says it's their 7/8 model. I don't know if they made other Busetto models other than the Emperor model back then.
The ribs are 9 1/4 inches deep.
The low C (extension note) shakes the theater the players across the stage tell me.
I play about 75% on the Jazz side of things and 25% Orchestral.
The Bass kills with Spiros but I don't like using them in the orchestra so It's strung with EP's - they seem to work well in both styles.
I love this instrument, I'm really happy to have it back.