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building myself a double bass?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [DB]' started by mav, May 15, 2004.

  1. mav


    Jun 10, 2003
    a local luthier is offering a course for building a double bass/cello/violin etc, in his workshop i supply all materials.
    building my own DB interests me greatly.
    but i havent read much about this sort of thing on TB.
    ive had little experience working with wood too.
    has anyone out there built there own DB and ended up with a quality instrument???
  2. anonymous0726

    anonymous0726 Guest

    Nov 4, 2001
    Probably not on their first attempt. If it was that easy then they'd have a machine that could build great basses consistently.

    Sounds like your a good candidate for the 'underbelly' of the Dark Side. I wish you well.
  3. McBass


    Mar 31, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY
    I'm a little more optimistic about the sound of a first bass. Many of the famous 300 year old Italian basses were made quickly with poor materials by the standards of today's makers. Some of them have 8 or more piece tops. With all the different shapes and styles of double basses, it seems to be a pretty forgiving form from a maker's standpoint. At least in the dimensions. I think if you take your time and try to learn as much as possible about making a bass before you start, you've got a good chance of making a playable instrument.
  4. John Sprague

    John Sprague Sam Shen's US Distributor

    Mar 10, 2003
    Rochester, NY
    Sales Manager, CSC Products Inc.
    Mav, I would encourage you to go for it! Just the acquired knowledge would be worth the trip. There are many basses out there that were built on the fly or by the under-qualified, and have no business sounding as good as they do.
  5. Marcus Johnson

    Marcus Johnson

    Nov 28, 2001
    How about building a violin or two first? You'll be dealing with the same woods, carving tops and backs, varnishing, carving a scroll, and lots of other operations that will arise in DB construction. All with tonewoods that cost a fraction of what the bass woods will cost you.

    Go check out the Musical Instrument Maker's Forum. There is a ton of useful info over there.
  6. An excellent suggestion!