Great arco sound, mediocre piz...

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by MIKMAN, Jan 12, 2009.



    Mar 4, 2008
    Larisa, Greece
    In our orchestra arrived recently a Hungarian DB, fully carved with beautifull tonewood. The instrument is constructed in the 70's and has been found in Austria. It has a magnificent arco sound (strung with Evahs), with a quick bow response. However the piz sound is mediocre. I strung it with Spiros Mittel and it improved a bit, but again the difference between arco and piz sound is huge. I experimented with the soundpost and the bridge to no avail. Has anyone any idea if it is a set up matter or it is something inherent in some double basses? Any ideas are welcome.
  2. mpm

    mpm Guest

    May 10, 2001
    Los Angeles
    Try using a lighter tailpiece and/or a fabric tailgut.