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A first.....for me

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by Eggman, May 7, 2006.

  1. Eggman


    Dec 3, 2004
    Denver, Colorado
    Had dinner last night with friends and while eating, a piano and acoustic bass duo began to play. Sounded great but I could not see them as they were up at the front of the restaurant. Left the table for a moment to see who was playing and was shocked when I saw......

    A left handed upright!

    I have never seen one before. Has anyone else? I imagine they are just restrung and maybe get a new bridge.

    Anyway - looked weird - sounded great.
  2. nicklloyd

    nicklloyd Supporting Member/Luthier

    Jan 27, 2002
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    True 'leftys' need to have the bass bar under the E bridge foot... this entails taking the top off the bass, removing the old bass bar and installing the new one on the other side. Soundpost gets flipped as well.

    For some unknown cosmic reason, I've done three leftys in the last three months for three completely unrelated left-handed bassists. No complaints... just odd.
  3. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    were any db's ever constructed lefty in the "classic" era?
  4. nicklloyd

    nicklloyd Supporting Member/Luthier

    Jan 27, 2002
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    I haven't seen or heard of any... it is entirely possible, though.
  5. Jeff Bollbach

    Jeff Bollbach Jeff Bollbach Luthier, Inc.

    Dec 12, 2001
    freeport, ny
    Doubt it, lefties were considered evil then.
  6. nicklloyd

    nicklloyd Supporting Member/Luthier

    Jan 27, 2002
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    So was the third.
  7. I've heard of lefty basses but never seen one. Leftys just conform to the right hand style as far as I can see.
  8. fraublugher


    Nov 19, 2004
    ottawa, ontario, canada
    music school retailer

    interesting question , i wonder if it involves the catholic latin version of left-handed which was " sinistra "
  9. arnoldschnitzer

    arnoldschnitzer AES Fine Instruments

    Feb 16, 2002
    Brewster, NY, USA
    You must have been very, very hungry! :eek:
  10. mje


    Aug 1, 2002
    Southeast Michigan
    I thought it was just the diabolus in musica that was considered evil.
  11. Kam


    Feb 12, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    Depends what period we're talking about...I'm guessing Nick is referring to early plainchant.
  12. mvw356


    Mar 2, 2006
    i know nothing about db et al, but as the question was 'were there any left hand db's during the classical timeperiod' i would suggest no, there weren't, as being left handed was socially unacceptable until the beginning of the 20th century. i might be wrong though:meh:
  13. The scroll-over preview left me wondering just how he managed to eat a whole piano and DB
  14. Eggman


    Dec 3, 2004
    Denver, Colorado
    Har - de - har - har.....

    I believe I have corrected the punctuation in the original post!!!

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