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Double Bass 'D' Scale

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Josh49, Jul 7, 2012.

  1. Josh49


    Jun 12, 2011
    Schwalmtal Germany
    I've recently been looking on the internet at double basses for sale here in Germany. They often stipulate 'D' Scale or sometimes 'E flat' Scale. Does this mean the instruments have to be tuned down from normal E,A,D,G tuning?
  2. pklima

    pklima Commercial User

    May 2, 2003
    Kraków, Polska
    Karoryfer Samples
    All are meant to be tuned normally. The difference is where the neck joins the body - either at the D on the G string (equivalent of the 7th fret) or the Eb (where the 8th fret would fall). Not a signficant difference.
  3. Josh49


    Jun 12, 2011
    Schwalmtal Germany
    Hi pklima,
    Many thanks for your help. I can now continue to drool over all the double basses I'd like to buy, but can't afford.

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