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Seth Kimmel #28 5/8ths 5 string

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by tappingtrance, Mar 20, 2013.


  1. tappingtrance

    tappingtrance Cooke Harvey Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2005
    So here are some ongoing pics of the design/construction of my new bass. Should be ready in early May. Seth and I will [probably get it to the ISB in June. Will work well for folks with small hands. Maybe a new design for him to continue if demand is there (La Petit Grande)(my name).
     
  2. tappingtrance

    tappingtrance Cooke Harvey Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2005
    8 degree back bend of Quilted maple
     
  3. tappingtrance

    tappingtrance Cooke Harvey Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2005
    Purfling and F hole design
     
  4. eh_train

    eh_train Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 12, 2004
    Toronto
    Owner, Stand Up Guy Basses (Repair/Sell/Buy upright basses)
    That looks like it will be a fantastic instrument! I will be looking for it at ISB...

    Cheers,

    Paul (Eh_train)
     
  5. NickyBass

    NickyBass Supporting Member

    Nov 28, 2005
    Southern New Jersey
    Nice! I'd love to try this out when it's finished. I dig the design he has drawn for the perfling around the edges.
     
  6. Beautiful and very cool!
     
  7. tappingtrance

    tappingtrance Cooke Harvey Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2005
    Thanks folks, totally looking forward to this bass design. Hopefully it will be a panacea for me!
     
  8. NickyBass

    NickyBass Supporting Member

    Nov 28, 2005
    Southern New Jersey
    Any updates? I'm excited to see the finished bass.
     
  9. LouisF

    LouisF Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    I am totally interested in this. I've been trying to find a small 5-string bass that had, well, balls and it seems to be something of the holy grail - 5 stringers are either massive, loud and (usually) unsubtle or, if of manageable size (at least for me) with a totally disappointing low end.

    Please let me know what you think (privately, if that's more comfortable).

    Thanks

    Louis
     
  10. tappingtrance

    tappingtrance Cooke Harvey Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2005
    Some new pics - should be finished in a bout 30 days - I added a C extension s well.
     
  11. tappingtrance

    tappingtrance Cooke Harvey Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2005
    more pics
     
  12. tappingtrance

    tappingtrance Cooke Harvey Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2005
    more pics #3
     
  13. tappingtrance

    tappingtrance Cooke Harvey Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2005
    some more pics
     
  14. tappingtrance

    tappingtrance Cooke Harvey Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2005
    Also, I will be taking it to the ISB Tuesday - Thursday June 4 - 6 (arriving afternoon of 4th and leaving noon on the 6th) and will have it at Seth's booth(?) set up if you are around. I am very excited about this bass and have been working on my electrics now E-C setup to start to see the advantages of the 5 string with a high C.
     
  15. LouisF

    LouisF Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    So - and maybe this is a question for Seth - would a five string bass of those dimensions function adequately with a low C or B??

    I saw Edgar Meyer in concert yesterday at the Colburn School (with hugely talented students doing chamber music) I'm amazed at the sound he gets out of that small (Italian??) bass.

    Louis
     
  16. tappingtrance

    tappingtrance Cooke Harvey Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2005
    My goal (since I am not a chamber player or orch player) is to have the 5 string be loud enough and pronounced enough that it gets a beautiful amplified sound as I almost always am amplified. This was a fundamental requirement for the bass and Seth listened and selected woods and design to accomplish this, hence the ponderosa pine on top and a flatback design for projection. This is his first foray into this size/requirements so when I play it obviously I will know more. Hope that helps.
     
  17. LouisF

    LouisF Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    That's great. Thanks. I look forward to your reports.
    Louis
     
  18. tappingtrance

    tappingtrance Cooke Harvey Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2005
    more pics - the varnish is looking beautiful
     
  19. tappingtrance

    tappingtrance Cooke Harvey Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2005
    more varnish
     
  20. AdmiralScreed

    AdmiralScreed

    Oct 10, 2011
    That is one gorgeous looking bass. Wish I could make it out to ISB to see it.
     

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