Arnold Schnitzer's #30 wins highest honors, for tone

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  1. Eric Swanson

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    Noticed this on Ken Smith's site. Does it belong in "Setup and Repair," "Strings," or here? Maybe all of the above?

    Anyway, I read the following, this morning:

    "Posted by Arnold Schnitzer, in the "Orchestral Strings" thread:

    I'm happy to report that the re-formulated Pirastro Passiones are a winner. When I recently strung up my #30 bass, I tried several different sets of strings; old and new BelCantos, Flexacore Originals and Deluxe, then the Passiones.

    These strings have the same ease of bowing as the BelCantos, but have a wider dynamic range and a bit less tension. I sometimes buck the trend at competitions, as it has become the norm to string up with BelCantos.

    Yesterday I learned that my #30 bass had won a Silver medal for Tone at the Violin Society of America maker's competition (the highest tone award) with the Passiones, so I will continue to buck when warranted. Thanks to my friend and colleague, Jay VandeKopple, for suggesting these strings for this bass."

    (Here's a link to the original post)

    http://www.smithbassforums.com/showthread.php?p=25732#post25732

    Congratulations, to Arnold Schnitzer!
  2. Jeremy Darrow

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    Arnold is certainly among the best.
  3. Steve Swan

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    A swell fellow and a fine builder.
  4. james condino

    james condino Spruce dork Supporting Member

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    'Way to go Arnold!!!!

    j.
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  6. Russell Bergum

    Russell Bergum Supporting Member

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    Congratulations!

    Seth Kimmel also won a Silver Medal for tone with his bass #24, a Milanese model.
  7. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging! Supporting Member

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    FANTASTIC!

    Way to go, Arnold! :D
  8. martinc

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    Congratulations Arnold!
    Despite his passion for building fine basses he still has time to answer questions on this forum and from e mails from those of us far less skilled. It's much appreciated.
  9. Russell Bergum

    Russell Bergum Supporting Member

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    +1
  10. Joshua

    Joshua WJWJr Gold Supporting Member

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    Congrats Arnold!
  11. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Administrator

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    No pics, no #30. :)
  12. Paul Warburton

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    Very kindly so, here ya go....

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    Paul Warburton

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    And:

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  14. Paul Warburton

    Paul Warburton

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  15. Chris Fitzgerald

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  16. Paul Warburton

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    Yers's bigger than mine, DURRL.....dammit. I will say this though, and kindly so: Arnold is the man. I've been involved in bass luthierie for many years and even had some basses out there with my name on them but Arnold's work is a whole other animal. Pricision from top to bottom, the very best machines, fingerboards and tailpieces and no chance of failure because he knows what jazz and classical players demand from a top grade double bass.
  17. Joshua

    Joshua WJWJr Gold Supporting Member

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    That's hot.
  18. Treyzer

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    Such beautiful work! There should be a drool emoticon! :cool::bag::cool:
  19. drurb

    drurb Oracle, Ancient Order of Rass Hattur; Mem. #1, EPC Supporting Member

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    There is! [​IMG]

    Congrats, Arnold!
  20. KUNGfuSHERIFF

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    True -- in my case, wholly without skill, but with success due to excellent advisors.

    It's a wonderful thing to see the good guy come out on top. I tip my hat, sir.
  21. Adam Attard

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    Any idea what he's charging for one of these? I didn't realize that the VSA convention had bass makers present until after it had already happened.

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