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buying my first double bass

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by Nathanvleugels, Nov 25, 2018.

  1. Nathanvleugels


    Jan 24, 2014

    I'm thinking about buying a double bass and I find it all to be rather confusing...
    There seem to be a lot of cheap options and usually I hear people say I should buy a laminated one to start with, but I've been playing electric bass for a while and I have an electric double bass that I also gig with sometimes so I feel like I'm not a complete beginner.
    The big question is; what type of double bass should I buy? I don't have a lot of money and I usually don't mind the cheaper things even for gigs, but are laminated double basses decent enough to do small semi-professional gigs with?

    If I save up for a while I'm thinking the absolute max I could spent on it would be €1500, so what are some good options for that price?
  2. Yes
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  3. J_Bass


    Feb 7, 2008
    Porto, Portugal
  4. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
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  5. Nathanvleugels


    Jan 24, 2014
    Thanks, this is indeed a very helpful article!
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  6. Acoop

    Acoop Supporting Member

    Feb 21, 2012
    Think of it as a big piece of furniture. ... You don't by buy a couch if you don't have a place to put it. ... An upright is a committment. ... That said, a good laminate is a great starting point. ... Any upright or violin shops around where you live? ... If so drop by and start a conversation. ... You'll need, whatever you buy, to have a pro-setup with good strings ($200). Also decide what type of upright style do you want to play. ... Country/Rock-a-billy, blues, jazz, classical? ... Different styles have different set ups. ... Try to find a bass with an ebony fretboard and tail piece. Try to keep the strength length to 41"+. ... There are many used well made German, laminates out there so, be patient. ... There's a good chance you know someone who knows someone that has a bass no one is playing and they'll sell. ... Ask around.
  7. Nathanvleugels


    Jan 24, 2014
    I don't have any violin or double bass shops near me, nor do I know anyone who plays double bass... I was hoping to buy one online. I do have a couple of contacts who might know where to get it set up. I think if I buy it at Thomann, they do a basic setup and I'd ask to set it up for jazz or folk or something like that. right now I use my electric double bass at gigs sometimes and we play mostly folk -ish music. (I don't ever play with a bow, but I do want to lear that at some point)
  8. Reiska


    Jan 27, 2014
    Helsinki, Finland
    Hi, and welcome to the dark side! There`s something confusing about Thomann setups, from what I have read here they need a touch of a luthier anyway. Everything about uprights surely is expensive, but believe me, setup is something you need to get right from the scratch. So I would advice you to get in touch with a good luthier who knows basses and string instruments, whichever source you`re buying your bass from. Another thing is that don`t be afraid of the bow, it will teach you how to sound full and play in tune. Acoustic upright is different to electric one in that it`s all about acoustic resonance. The bow will teach you that, whether you`re about to play it outside the practise room or not. Good luck!!!
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