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Red Mitchell on Zorko EUB

Discussion in 'Electric Upright Basses (EUB's) [DB]' started by MR PC, Oct 25, 2013.

  1. MR PC

    MR PC Banned

    Dec 1, 2007

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  2. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri
    Great Find,
    There's a promotional add for Ampeg, with Oscar Pettiford. Apparently he hung around their New York shop. I always felt the Baby Bass sounded better with a real bridge, that metal and rubber nonsense they came up with sounded terrible. Zorko has the right idea, and really were the ones who created the instrument. Ampeg just bought rights be the sole manufacturer of the bass. Everett Hull liked the design and Jess Oliver refined the electronics.

  3. bobsax


    Jan 16, 2011
    Southern Oregon
    That's very cool. I never heard of Zorko.
    What's up with the double bridge?
  4. Jeff Bonny

    Jeff Bonny

    Nov 20, 2000
    Vancouver, BC
    If I recall correctly one bridge had an odd magnetic pickup arrangement and the other bridge reduced the down force on it.
    Zorko sold their design to Ampeg where it became the Baby Bass.

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