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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by j-raj, Mar 16, 2006.
Whut the ham sammich?!?
Do they come with a Dramamine prescription?
Dang, they're right here in Austin too. I might have to arrange a visit to see what they're puttin' out. Not that I'd be a good person to post a review or anything since I'm hardly a good player yet, but I'm curious...
crazy, but cool.
Is that supposed to be more ergonomic and comfortable?
Yeah, it explains it on the website. I just sent a message asking about arranging a visit, and gave them a link to this thread... who knows, Jerome or one of his reps may join up here and provide some insight.
There's a guy I know that has one. It's a great little bass, especially for him. He has really bad problems with his hands and this bass takes care of that. It's a little strange at first but you quickly adjust.
Thanks, Midnight Jazz, for clueing me in on the discussion. It is explained a little better on my website, but yeah, these basses are designed to be more ergonomic, to reduce the stress on your wrists and hands. I'm in the process of putting up my new web site, so there are a lot of pictures that aren't up yet, but check back in a few days! Feel free to write me if anybody has questions or wants to know more about my basses or what I'm up to. Thanks!
I just had a look at their website ... seems they had a couple of clever intuitions. It would be cool if the guy could join us at TB ...
you're faster than my thoughts! Welcome on board!
I'd like to know more about these basses, and see them in action.
If that isn't the most interesting twist on the whole bass-playing thing, I don't know what is!
I would love to see pictures of a person actually playing one of these to get a better feel for how that twist factors into the big picture.
I have also seen basses with 'fanned' frets... My brain hurts trying to figure out how these thing work!
I am so glad there are people out there who can figure this stuff out!
If I've figured out how to attach a photo, then here's a picture of Dave Pomeroy playing his Torzal bass at the GHS booth at the '03 NAMM. He happens to be playing up the neck in this shot, so you don't get to see the effect down towards the nut, where it matters most. Hopefully you can see the twist though, and imagine how it might be to play on the first few frets. It's not as drastic as most people think, as it really does model the natural motion of the hand as it moves outward.
Hey an original bass design... kinda rare to see something so original. If it does what it claims to do, bravo!
Where can we play one? Any press on this thing? You need to get some PR going. Good Luck Jerome!
Hey, Jerome, nice to see you here again.
Could you answer a few questions on these? Thanks:
1. Do you normally build these with a truss rod, and if so, which way does it move the neck?
2. What's it like setting these up? Specifically, due to the effect that with an extreme twist, raising a bridge saddle moves the string sideways at the nut, and moving the string sideways at the bridge would raise of lower it at the nut.
3. Would you ever consider combining your neck shape with f*nned frets?
Thats the wierdest twist (pardon the pun) on basses Ive ever seen. How the heck does that thing stay it tune. From the pic the neck looks warped like it has scroleiosis. All this time Im thinking that the worst thing that could happen to a bass and now a luthier does that on purpose. I guess I'll be the first admitted skeptic. Please post a clip with that tone. This coud turn the bass world upside down. I'll tell you what I applaud your bold design but Im still a skeptic. Somebody play it and post a review.
btw has one of those made it to any NYC stores yet?
I ask because some time down the road, I'm going to require a wrist fusion surgery and that looks like just the ticket to keep me playing bass.
What are the pickup options?
Good questions guys, keep 'em coming.
Actually, this has the touch of genius. It's not the idea that seems so strange, but the success of bringing it into physical being using wood. If this can stay stable in it's twisted configuration, I say it deserves some sort of serious award.
Kudos to Jerome for having the vision to carry this out.
Yeah, I definitely admire the fact that somebody brought this into reality. Too many good ideas never get past the "wouldn't it be cool if..." stage. And I also admire the premise stated on their site of adapting the instrument to fit the person rather than the other way around. If this design pans out well, I imagine a lot of us geezers will be buying one!