Gamba vs. Violin vs. Busetto

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by ToneDaBass, Jun 14, 2002.

  1. ToneDaBass


    Jun 5, 2002
    Irvine, CA
    Unfortunately, there aren't enough basses near where I live to find out the answer to this question myself, so I thought I'd throw it out to the forum to hear what y'all think:

    Given three new basses that are as identical as possible in every respect except for the shapes of their corners being Gamba, Violin, and Busetto styles, respectively, will there be any difference in sound between them?
  2. Jeff Bollbach

    Jeff Bollbach Jeff Bollbach Luthier, Inc.

    Dec 12, 2001
    freeport, ny
    Not a discernable one IMHO. Some orchestral players who use a german bow have trouble playing violin and busetto corners arco and prefer gamba corners.
  3. Bijoux


    Aug 13, 2001
    I think that you should play each bass and see how easy each one is to get around, I believe the sound shound't change because of the model, but yet every bass will sound different even when made by the same person or manufacturer and being the same model.
  4. Executor666


    Jul 3, 2002
    The shape of C-bout corners does not affect sound; the difference is cosmetic. I prefer gamba corners.