Bowing EUBs!

Discussion in 'Electric Upright Basses (EUB's) [DB]' started by sworkman, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. sworkman


    Nov 24, 2011
    Can EUB's be bowed? If so, when they are bowed are they still quiet? Trying to figure out a way to practice my arco when my neighbors are asleep. If I could play arco relatively quietly and through headphones that would be dope. If this is a really stupid question I apologize in advance.
  2. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
  3. I bow an older Clevinger EUB and a Stagg EUB sometimes. My wife calls it "the mosquito". The main energy into the house will be through the endpin or stand.
    A stand may transfer less energy to the house than an endpin (less weight on every foot).
    If you can put some more hard foam or a thicker piece of soft rubber (probably adding an endpin plate on top of it) between the endpin/stand and the floor, your neighbors might not even notice that you play if they are awake.
  4. I use a Tascam Bass trainer with headphones to practice with my Stienberger. You could just about anything with a pre-amp with headphones, and a solid body URB would not bother someone in the next room.
  5. what the pluck

    what the pluck

    Oct 13, 2010
    I have the same dilemma, I live in a unit and my practice time is limited and have thought about an EUB too. How do EUBs fit ergonomically if played seated? Is it possible or are they awkward?

  6. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Commercial User

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Manager of Brand Identity & Development, GHS Strings, Innovation Double Bass Strings, Rocktron
    I play my NS Design CR-5M in a seated position quite a bit; theatre pits are crowded and don't always allow me to fully stand up. It works fine, but you have to adjust your playing to something closer to a cello. Just something to get used to.

    EUBs bowed while unamplified are super quiet. You should be fine in an apartment setting.
  7. Ross Kratter

    Ross Kratter

    Dec 31, 2010
    Orlando, FL
    Artist, RS Berkeley, La Bella Strings, Phil Jones Bass Amplification, Remic, Jerry Harvey Audio
    You can most certainly bow the Eminence, it's made to be as close to a real bass as possible, just smaller.
  8. artyty


    Jun 18, 2011
    some bow demo-
  9. SeaMist_au


    Aug 28, 2012
    NS NXT can definitely be bowed. Bowing is not quite as straight forward as you might think. I strongly suggest you consult a double bass teacher to get the technique right.....unless you like screeching noises lol. The finale bow from string emporium is a good bow BTW. So go for it :)