Request for EUB Recommendation
Good Morning(It's 3:45 am),
I have a talented 15-y/o son with a few years of guitar and electric bass-he plays electric bass in his school jazz band and has asked "Santa" about the possibility of an upright bass for Christmas-given the dimensions of our home's chimney and checkbook, it would appear that an electric upright may be the way to go-
I've been reading about the various entry-level EUB's-the Staggs and Palatinos have me a little nervous reading about the quality challenges-would the Ergo be the way to go for a sub-$1000 EUB?
Thanks for any advice,
If you read a bit more around here, then you will see that an EUB is not a real replacement for an UB. Also an UB needs a lot more power than an EBG and Santa not only needs to bring an instrument but also a considerable amount of lessons (at least a year, better two) for that instrument.
If your son really wants to learn upright (and not only want to take it into his hands once a month or a week) a real upright bass (3/4 size) would be the right choice. If he learned it for some years an EUB might be a second instrument for rehearsals or for special cases (loud band, effect sound without acoustic sound) and sometimes also for performances.
A lot of EUBs are made for bass guitarrists, but they lack a lot of the real UB thing, holding is different, neck is often different, which means that major orientation points are missing. Tripod stands nail the player to the instrument at a certain position whereas an UB is usually moved a bit around the endpin.
Also bowing often sounds bad or is difficult because the instruments turns around the axis too much (even with a body support) or doesn't move at all.
Better get a real instrument for an UB beginner! Later you may add a Warwick Triumph Lite or a Stagg with a rosewood fingerboard, that are not too expensive, but (in my opinion) better than a NS Design or an Ergo stick for playing upright.
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+1 to what DoubleMIDI said.
Furthermore, the Ergo, although it seems a good instrument, is more or less just a big fingerboard mounted on a tripod. (with all due respect to Jesse and Ergo owners)
I wouln't learn DB playing on this particular instrument. (as well as the Steinberger EUB for that matter)
As bloombloom clearly showed, you can get good entry-level DBs for a nice price.
Get a look at the Classifieds here on TB as well.
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