Bowing sample clips

Discussion in 'Electric Upright Basses (EUB's) [DB]' started by Maaak, Nov 4, 2005.

  1. Maaak


    Dec 13, 2004
    Nashville, TN
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    Is there anywhere I could go to hear some sample clips of bowing on an EUB?

    Also, I've been looking into an EUB as a viable alternative to a regular double bass, since they take up less space. I'm concerned about the sound though, since there isnt really anywhere I can go around here to just play a whole bunch of them. Could any of you recommend EUBs that sound particularly similar to a conventional double bass...or are they just a different beast?
  2. Francois Blais

    Francois Blais Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    Québec, Canada
    The Eminence, which is semi-acoustic, is known to sound relatively similar to a real DB.
  3. Jeremy Allen

    Jeremy Allen Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2002
    Bloomington, IN
    They're just a different beast, and I think only heartache and headache are in store for someone who tries to convince themselves and the world of music (and employers) that an EUB is a stand-in for a double bass. It kind of does disservice to both instruments to think of them as interchangeable; a good EUB is a worthy instrument in its own right, just like a double bass, but neither one is a replacement for the other.

    That said, the Eminence (with a Realist) sounds pretty good bowed, and I did some klezmer gigs on a Knutson Messenger and it worked quite well ("authentic" klezmer has arco basslines, or so I was told--no thumpin' away there). Also, Ray Parker has posted his quite positive experiences with the Alter Ego EUB elsewhere on this site; if I recall, he was playing in an orchestra or something with one, so it was definitely an arco situation.
  4. Maaak


    Dec 13, 2004
    Nashville, TN
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    Thanks for the info guys. I'll have to delve further into Eminence and Messenger EUBs. Yeah, I've been gathering that EUBs are their own thing. I listened to some of the clips that Knutson has on the Messenger website and it sounds really nice pizz. I suppose I wouldn't need a truly authentic bowing sound since I'm not in an orchestral situation too often; I just wanted to see if they sounded unbearably nasal with a bow. I'll have to get my hands on one somewhere :bassist:
  5. abaguer


    Nov 27, 2001
    Milford, NJ
    I've got both the Eminence and Knutson. The Knutson has a better hi fi sound because of the Barbera bridge and John Knutson has upgraded the preamp and electronics since I got mine (about 13 years ago). The Eminence sounds like a good plywood acoustic bass through an amp. With a healthy raising of the strings it really sounds a lot like an upright in that it gets air in the sound and a good note decay. The arco sound is good and more natural. The Messenger has a very good sounding arco, it's just a bit more modern sounding.
  6. bassgeek


    Oct 19, 2000
    Asheville, NC
    I saw the great bassist Marc Johnson play in a trio with Eliane Elias last summer. It was about 100 degrees outside (outdoor gig) and Marc was playing the Eminence through the P.A. I couldn't tell what he was using onstage, amp-wise, if anything. He may have just been going through monitors and the P.A.

    Anyways, the Eminence sounded more like an upright than most do at such outdoor events, through a P.A. and "loud". Not only that, he bowed some nice solos and it sounded quite well, almost like a cello. Of course, it was Marc Johnson playing...