Recommend a practice bass. Tone is not an issue

Discussion in 'Electric Upright Basses (EUB's) [DB]' started by RRWesner, Aug 7, 2020.

  1. RRWesner


    Jan 10, 2010
    Hello! I’m looking to make the plunge into an eub and I am specifically looking at the ns design wav series. but could use some advice.

    I am looking for a full scale bass that I can use to practice on when I travel. I am a profession musician but I primarily work and live overseas for 6 month contracts but want to keep my chops up while I’m out and away from my upright at home.

    I have played DB for years and it was my main instrument before I started playing in this band. Now that my main gigs are out of the country I can only bring my electric but I would be able to bring something like the NS design bass since it’s small-ish unless there is a more compact full scale eub.

    And lastly, has anyone used the thumb stop to practice in the transition are and thumb position?

    My most important criteria in order:

    Easy to travel with
    Full scale (to keep left hand technique)
    I would like it to sound nice. But this is mostly going to be used as a practice tool while I’m away from my nice DB

    I’ve read through countless threads on the wav and haven’t found one discussing this in particular. Forgive me if I just missed it!
  2. If you want to practice DB playing on an EUB you don‘t want a tripod but a straight endpin.
    If you want to bow a lot (like classical solo), you better get an EUB with a resonance cavity or a moving bridge.

    These are not cheap. You can put things on an NS EUB to get there, but I would not recommend that. Have a look at the Italian MK EUBs (specially the classical for bowing) or a Yamaha. There are a few others as well. EUBs need compromises to be small and some of them are hard to correct if not impossible. Be prepared to pay more than a student DB and get less.
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  3. Martin Spure

    Martin Spure

    Feb 4, 2020
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  4. kkenda11

    kkenda11 Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2005
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  5. Michal Herman

    Michal Herman

    May 31, 2013
    I have MK Fly model, bought mainly to have an easier drive for rehearsals and occasional touring.
    It serves great for jazz/pizzicato, but it's almost useless for bowing.
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  6. Mudfuzz


    Apr 3, 2004
    While I would always recommend a NS I feel it's important to point out that Ned Steinberger never intended these instruments to be acoustic instrument sonic reproductions but new sounds... I think bowing on them is just fine in context. No Never used the thumb stop and I don't like the idea, it's seems like a training wheel to me. Also a good set or strangs does help a lot.

    Now then What I think you guys need though is this. Cost be damned you all need this.
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  7. Sid Fang

    Sid Fang Reformed Fusion Player

    Jun 12, 2008
    If you go for a full-sized NS Designs (I have one and I love it), Golihur music will sell one with a rigid ski-case that's just the right fit for the instrument in its gig bag, with a bit of space around it for a bow or two, etc. Or for 2.5 times more, a real ATA flight case.
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  8. Brent Nussey

    Brent Nussey

    Jun 27, 2001
    Tokyo, Japan
    They're not very fashionable now, but I always thought the Merchant Vertical bass felt and played a lot like a real bass, he has these spruce spring bars under the bridge that help it flex like an actual bass. And he'll make you one that matches your neck on your regular bass exactly. The new ones fold in half to go in a flight case, though I've never played one of those newer models. The Merchant Vertical Bass Home Page
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  9. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri
    I got to hear the Merchant Vertical Bass, when Bill brought one to St. Louis on a trip, it sounded great! As Brent mentioned, the neck profile should match the one on

    your DB. I did that with my Clevinger Keyhole EUB. It makes a huge difference. The NS basses never felt right to me, their profile isn’t suited to my smaller hands and

    the string tension is too loose. Toby Chenele in England makes these Cello sized basses that look

    and sound nice, but their 34” scales.
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2020
  10. Paulabass


    Sep 18, 2017
    You say you are looking at the Wav. bass, what's holding you up? It's as compact as you'll find, and the cheapest of the lot.
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