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Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by Darren Molnar, Sep 17, 2008.


  1. Darren Molnar

    Darren Molnar

    Nov 6, 2007
    saskatoon Saskatchewan Canada
    humble instrument maker
    Finished my bass this weekend. Here's some pictures. Forgive the photo quality, I'm still trying to figure out this photoshop stuff.

    Thanks very much to every one who helped out with some great advice.
     

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  2. Darren Molnar

    Darren Molnar

    Nov 6, 2007
    saskatoon Saskatchewan Canada
    humble instrument maker
    more pics
     

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  3. Darren Molnar

    Darren Molnar

    Nov 6, 2007
    saskatoon Saskatchewan Canada
    humble instrument maker
    one more
     

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  4. tskaggs

    tskaggs Guest

    Oct 13, 2005
    It certainly looks good. I wish I could hear it, but I'm several hundred miles away.
     
  5. Mike Arnopol

    Mike Arnopol Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 4, 2005
    Chicago
    Owner of MAS Soundworks
    Lovely instrument. I love the long c bouts and the long graceful f holes. I'd love to see it. I think I'll be in Saskatoon in late January
    ( OUCH ) as part of a Canadian tour. Love to see it in person.
    Congrats
     
  6. Mike Arnopol

    Mike Arnopol Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 4, 2005
    Chicago
    Owner of MAS Soundworks
    what are the dimensions, by the way?
     
  7. Gearhead43

    Gearhead43

    Nov 25, 2007
    NorCal
    Very nice looking bass. Is the shape an original design, or copy? It has a unique shape and lines.
     
  8. Damon Rondeau

    Damon Rondeau Journeyman Clam Artist Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2002
    Winnipeg, baby
    Beautiful instrument, Darren. That's work to be proud of.

    And Saskatoon in January is beautiful, too. If you're lucky, Mike, it will be clear as bell, bright bright sun, no wind at all, and 35 below freaking zero. Seriously.

    Check the stars out in those conditions.
     
  9. Beautiful Darren. Thanks for sharing. How's it sound? What did you end up varnishing it with?
     
  10. Mike Arnopol

    Mike Arnopol Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 4, 2005
    Chicago
    Owner of MAS Soundworks
    You have to love management. It was a choice between Australia
    ( summer) or Canada.
     
  11. Darren Molnar

    Darren Molnar

    Nov 6, 2007
    saskatoon Saskatchewan Canada
    humble instrument maker
    Thanks all. Really appreciated. Let me know when in Jan. you'll be here, Mike, I'll get in touch with the owner and see if they're up to it.

    To answer some questions;

    it ended up being 45 inches long, the top, that is, with a 42 inch string length. ribs start at 8 1/2 inches and end up 6 and a half-ish.

    it's my own design, with the exception that I stole the f-holes from a Maggini viola picture

    For varnish, I basically took ten years of violin varnish left-overs and mixed them together, with a couple glaze layers of oil colours in between. Surprisingly, there was enough for three coats. Worked out nice.

    I have to admit I'm quite happy with the tone. real clear, rich, and not huffy, or "boomy". The power is outragious. I had two bassists from my orchestra playing it last weekend, I almost had to kick them out of the house in the end. In the end, the Principal commisioned me for another. There's a longer story to that, and kinda funny, but I won't elaborate on line.
     
  12. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Commercial User

    May 24, 2006
    Crescent Beach, BC
    Owner of The Bass Spa, String Repairman at Long & McQuade Vancouver
  13. Matthew Tucker

    Matthew Tucker Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2002
    Sydney, Australia
    Owner: Bresque Basses, Sydney Basses and Cellos
    Well done Darren that looks really nice. Its a marathon, isn't it?? But you've drawn a new set of lines for a bass.

    And I love the phone book attached to the lower bout. Really sets off the varnish!
     
  14. ctregan

    ctregan

    Jun 25, 2007
    Syracuse N.Y.
    Congratulations on finishing the Bass; I hope it has a long and productive life playing beautiful music.
     
  15. arnoldschnitzer

    arnoldschnitzer AES Fine Instruments

    Feb 16, 2002
    New Mexico. USA
    Lovely model. Pretty varnish. Interesting f-holes. Kudos on ya'.
     
  16. uprightben

    uprightben

    Nov 3, 2006
    Boone, NC
    Wow, I really like the shape- very gracefull lines. The varnish/coloring is great, too. Congratulations.
     
  17. Why not elaborate on line? I for one would like to hear it.

    In the end, did you feel like cycloids worked well for bass arching? I've been using them on a couple violins I've made recently and have been wondering about bass.
     
  18. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Commercial User

    May 24, 2006
    Crescent Beach, BC
    Owner of The Bass Spa, String Repairman at Long & McQuade Vancouver
    Hey Darren, I'd love it if you would send me the originals of those pix when you email the story! :)
     
  19. i remember a pic. when it was white..i was thinking whoa!... now it is a timeless treasure.
     
  20. bassman314

    bassman314 I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process...

    Mar 13, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    whoah... that's gorgeous...
     

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