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

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by Eric Swanson, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. Eric Swanson

    Eric Swanson

    Oct 8, 2007
    Boston, MA
    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)


    Congratulations, to Arnold Schnitzer!
  2. Jeremy Darrow

    Jeremy Darrow Supporting Member

    Apr 6, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Fishman Transducers, D'Addarrio Strings
    Arnold is certainly among the best.
  3. Steve Swan

    Steve Swan

    Oct 12, 2004
    Burlingame, California
    Retailer: Shen, Sun, older European
    A swell fellow and a fine builder.
  4. james condino

    james condino Spruce dork Supporting Member

    Sep 30, 2007
    asheville, nc
    'Way to go Arnold!!!!

  5. Congratulations!

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

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging!

    Jul 29, 2006
    San Diego, CA

    Way to go, Arnold! :D
  7. 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.
  8. +1
  9. Joshua

    Joshua WJWJr Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 23, 2000
    Congrats Arnold!
  10. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    No pics, no #30. :)
  11. Very kindly so, here ya go....

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  14. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY

    Hell yeth. :)
  15. 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.
  16. Joshua

    Joshua WJWJr Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 23, 2000
    That's hot.
  17. Such beautiful work! There should be a drool emoticon! :cool::bag::cool:
  18. drurb

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

    Apr 17, 2004
    There is! [​IMG]

    Congrats, Arnold!

    KUNGfuSHERIFF Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2002
    Upstate NY
    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.
  20. Adam Attard

    Adam Attard

    Feb 9, 2009
    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.