sound post size

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by Brian K, Feb 15, 2005.

  1. Brian K

    Brian K

    May 21, 2004
    Toronto, ON
    My bass is small, and the sound post is not much thicker than a cello sound post. The post is the original. It is a 7 year-old instrument designed to be a solo bass, though I play it in normal tuning. How would replacing the post with one that is larger in diameter affect the tone?

  2. Brian K

    Brian K

    May 21, 2004
    Toronto, ON
  3. arnoldschnitzer

    arnoldschnitzer AES Fine Instruments

    Feb 16, 2002
    Brewster, NY, USA
    No way to really know. However, I worry that a thin post can lead to cracking, especially if not a perfect fit.
  4. nicklloyd

    nicklloyd Supporting Member/Luthier

    Jan 27, 2002
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    You really need to find someone in Toronto to install a regular bass-sized soundpost, and then try it out for a few weeks.

    AMJBASS Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2002
    Ontario, Canada
    Did you talk to Steve at Heinl's about it? He might have some insight. Either way, you could try a regular post and see if it makes a difference.