Low Brass Player for 44 Yrs -- Now I'm in the Basement
I can't explain it, but here I am perfectly fine as a euphoniumist, bass trombonist, occasional (VERY occasional) tenor trombonist, and tubist, and I find myself calling a friend of Mrs. E's who is in the string bidness to order a Shen SB 180.
I know absolutely NOTHING about playing bass viol, double bass, string bass, or whatever else kind of name that is associated with probably an instrument that is both indispensable to any ensemble and a major PITA to the person who has to transport, schlep, set up, safeguard, store, and otherwise get through the gig to survive another one.
Well, on second thought, maybe I know a little about the logistics of playing the bass, insofar as I've seen the amount of hardware that players schlep around.
So the instrument isn't even here yet (will be in a couple of weeks).
Mrs. E's friend tells me that the bass will be outfitted with a Fishman Full Circle pickup. (I think that's the electronic gizmo that you plug an amp into, right?)
Anyway, I'm gonna make like a sponge and soak up all the stuff you guys shovel at me -- and with this intro, I'm headin' into the woodshed where I at least know a little bit about my other axes... :hiding:
Also a [former] low brass player (primarily tenor trombone, but oddly enough I've been jonesing for a tuba for about three years) turned upright bassist. Your musical training should serve you well.
I have the full circle pickup on my Engelhardt. When you get ready to plug in you'll find plenty of resources! Note that the pickup is high impedance, which, in practical terms, means you have to either pre-amp it or ensure that the amplifier you purchase is designed to work with it. I own the Gallien-Krueger (GK) MBE-III, which is a small combo that is a great rig for uprights with pickups.
Besides Talkbass, I peruse Bob Gollihur's sites for double bass tips. Gollihurmusic.com I bought my Full Circle (and other things over the years) from them. :)
Can't wait to see pictures of the Shen!
Low brass is how I got my start a few decades ago. Trombone and tub mainly (still play some valve Trombone on occasion). Welcome to bass! I mainly play electric but if the DB side is anything like the electric side you are in great hands!
I suspect in a year or two I'll make my way over to electric bass. Something about the basement....I dunno.
Of course, I am and will always remain a knuckle-dragging low brass player, so I think I'm probably in good company.
It must be all those half-empty beer bottles towards the back of the stage....:rollno:
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