Hey all, not sure if this is supposed to go here but I'm not really quite sure where to put it, feel free to move it if this thread is not in the right place. So I have a quick question about the history of the double bass regarding when the bass became a power in its own right within the orchestra. When did the double bass as we know it become distinct from the viola da gamba and when did composers start writing orchestral parts that were meant to be played by the double bass? For instance, if we could go back to the early part of the 18th century, would it be commonplace to see the double bass (as a distinct instrument) playing the basso continuo parts for Bach pieces? Or did it not become commonplace until perhaps the time of Haydn or Mozart? Thanks for any answers guys! I did some searching and could not come up with an answer I was satisfied with.