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Double Bass Stool height

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [DB]' started by MichiBass, Mar 16, 2009.


  1. Hello,

    I'm gonna start learning to play the double bass soon ( I play electric for some years now ), and I want to buy a stool for it. I don't want to buy a high end double bass stool, I want something simple, that I also may use in my kitchen :p
    I thought about something like this:
    [​IMG]

    Some questions :

    1. What height should it have? (The seat). I'm 1.83m tall and I'm gonna play a normal 3/4 double bass (7/8? I don't think so).
    2. Is that maybe irrelevant since the endpin can be adjusted?
    3. Is it "right" to play sitting? How important is that?

    Maybe you have some links regarding double bass position, first things to know etc. It would be a great help.

    I have a good teacher, I'm just an Internet Research guy :)

    Thanks a lot!

    Michi
     
  2. Bass

    Bass

    Nov 10, 2003
    Canada
    I would go with a stool more like this:

    [​IMG]
     
  3. Kart included? No thanks, I'm gonna break my double bass.
    Seriously, what height?
     
  4. Uncletoad

    Uncletoad

    May 6, 2003
    Columbus Ohio
    Proprietor Fifth Avenue Fret Shop. Technical Editor Bass Gear Magazine
    My stool is just a cheap Chinese wood thing I got from Target. 29" or 30" I can't remember. Works great. Looks just like the picture you posted....


    ...not the high octane stool. That's got to much padding for me. I like my ass to sting a bit when I play.
     
  5. Andrew Jones

    Andrew Jones Banned

    Feb 28, 2001
    Northampton Mass
    I have short legs....I took a stool like that and cut a inch or two of it.



    Aj
     
  6. salcott

    salcott Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    NYC, Inwood.
    Just watch out for a black stool.....
     
  7. thewhale

    thewhale

    Feb 28, 2008
    north carolina
    If you go with the one pictured I'd be sure to buy a stool softener for it.

    Get a stool as tall as possible for you to comfortably have both feet flat on the ground when sitting on the edge of the stool. You'll probably play with one foot propped up, but if you try both feet on the floor then the stool is probably the right height.

    Basically, whatever height is comfortable for you.
     
  8. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    I played for years on a 29" stool like the one pictured. I now use one that's only 24", but I sit in "neo-cello" position. The 29" stool is the standard that most bassists I know use (among those who use them).
     
  9. For some reason this just struck me as hilarious...I know I'm a rather twisted individual....

    I think i use the neo-cello sitting method as well:D:D:D
     
  10. klem.gote

    klem.gote

    Jan 18, 2009
    New England
    Bass Player
    Just watch out for a black stool.....

    be sure to buy a stool softener for it



    good advice for any occasion
     
  11. And it is bad to study sitting?
     
  12. bejoyous

    bejoyous

    Oct 23, 2005
    London, Ontario
    Many players start standing up so that they get the nice pendulum action of the arm. Then after years of sore feet, find a stool and work out some way that is comfortable to play.

    Everybody's dimensions are different so there is no, one "correct" way of playing with a stool.

    I have found however that those who learn from the beginning to play on a stool have a hard time playing without one. Or without one that is just like the one they had when learning.
     
  13. EggyToast

    EggyToast

    Jan 21, 2006
    Baltimore
    The stool should match your inseam. I have a stool I got at a consignment store for about $10, and then sawed the legs down to match my inseam. I actually need to take about .5" off the thing this summer, giving it a little bit of a slant as well, simply because if I play for a long period of time my butt falls asleep. That means the edge is cutting into the artery at the back of my leg.

    If you get a cheap one, modifying it to suit your body won't be a big deal.
     
  14. drurb

    drurb Oracle, Ancient Order of Rass Hattur; Mem. #1, EPC

    Apr 17, 2004
    Check out this thread. In it, the suggestion is made that the stool be 2" shorter than your inseam. That actually is about right for me. There are many other good suggestions in that thread.
     
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  15. Uncletoad

    Uncletoad

    May 6, 2003
    Columbus Ohio
    Proprietor Fifth Avenue Fret Shop. Technical Editor Bass Gear Magazine
    Wow that's a great idea. How'd I miss that?
     
  16. jtlownds

    jtlownds

    Oct 3, 2004
    LaBelle, FL
    Mine does too. You can actually hear it snoring. :eek:
     
  17. Uncletoad

    Uncletoad

    May 6, 2003
    Columbus Ohio
    Proprietor Fifth Avenue Fret Shop. Technical Editor Bass Gear Magazine
    You should mic it up and run it through a delay. Call it Ass Jazz.
     
  18. jtlownds

    jtlownds

    Oct 3, 2004
    LaBelle, FL
    Actually, I do, but I call it Butt Tuba. Unfortunately, my wife says that my music stinks. :rollno:
     
  19. Uncletoad

    Uncletoad

    May 6, 2003
    Columbus Ohio
    Proprietor Fifth Avenue Fret Shop. Technical Editor Bass Gear Magazine
    Damn, and here I thought you were full of poo.

    Your swing...
     
  20. jtlownds

    jtlownds

    Oct 3, 2004
    LaBelle, FL
    Actually, I used to be full of poo. What I didn't blow out, my wife kicked out of me. I never should have pulled those covers up over her head. Women have no sense of humor, :rollno:
     

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