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Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [DB]' started by Bassman5150, Sep 9, 2001.
Has anyone tried one before (BEADG or EADGC tuning)? what is it like? Is the low B playable?
Frank Tate has a Hawkes bass converted to BEADG. Of course it's playable.
When I was in high school, the school had one. I had it tuned CEADG as the low string really benefited from the extra tension from the half step up. It wasn't that difficult to remember that I had that M3 interval among the strings. Personally, I think that a fifth string is superior to the low C extension for hitting those low notes, but the beasts are sufficiently rare in the states that when I buy my next DB it will have the low C extension.
They aren't that rare anymore and I'm seeing quite a few more in orchestras these days, and they've benn common in European orchestras for years. My c.1930's Juzek is a 5, but I use it as a 4 string now. The Velvet 180's are too expensive for me to justify the 5th string, never mind the fact that the 5 string bridge I have is terrible. It's on my "one of these days" pile.
Of course the other big concern is whether my precious hard-earned dollars won't buy me a better-quality bass if I get the four string with extension than if I buy a five string. But it's all well in the future anyway as my new bass fund has been re-labeled my in-case-I-get-laid-off fund.