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String-changing tip for 5-string NS-Design!

Discussion in 'Electric Upright Basses (EUB's) [DB]' started by bassisten, Oct 21, 2005.


  1. bassisten

    bassisten

    Sep 15, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    Hi guys!



    I just changed strings on my 5-string NS-Design, I encountered a problem, here we go:


    I bought a 5'er set of D'addario Helicore Hybrids (medium) and put them on, when I got to that fat B-string I encountered the problem. The string-top (with the cloth around) was simply too THICK to go through the hole in the Schaller Tuner! Arrgghh...

    Hmmm, what to do? Well, I consulted my bass-guru and he told me to just use a drill and make the hole in the tuner bigger!... It worked; I drilled and smoothened the nasty edges with a round-file and everything's cool. Super strings and super sound!

    Just a little tip if you guys should ever encounter something like it.



    - Peter, :)
     
  2. D.A.R.K.

    D.A.R.K. Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2003
    Virginia
    i had the same problem,
    i just removed some of the fabric on the winding and it worked out fine.
    one odd thing, tho, the diameter of the string was too large for the metal washer on the underside of the body where the string passes through..
    i had to remove the washer. no big deal, i use the anchor ridges on the back, but these minor problems are a pretty sad oversight for an instrument of this caliber.
    cheers
    d
     
  3. bassisten

    bassisten

    Sep 15, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    Hi Dark...



    I agree on your points, I might have been able to do the same as you.

    But yeah, nasty issues with an instrument in that price-range. :rolleyes:
     
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  4. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member


    Welcome to the world of Double Bass - where almost any slight change requires the services of a highly-specialised craftsman - so instruments in the price range of £10k -£50k - but requiring constant maintenance and work !! ;)
     
  5. Steve Clark

    Steve Clark Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2004
    London ON
    Bruce,

    When did you get your DB? I missed that moment completely.

    Steve
     
  6. D.A.R.K.

    D.A.R.K. Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2003
    Virginia
    woah, no offense, but i definitely do not consider eub double bass at all.
    it is a hybrid instrument, as different from double bass as the electric bass guitar imho. i studied db for a period in my youth, as well as eb for the last 20+years and i say this out of respect.
    i incorporate techniques that are rooted in both eb and db, but require
    development in their own right to approach the design characteristics of the eub. in no way do i desire or attempt to fake a db sound from my eub, it's in a class all it's own, imho.
    .02
    cheers
    d
     
  7. bassisten

    bassisten

    Sep 15, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    Hi Dark...


    Well said there mister. :)
     
  8. D.A.R.K.

    D.A.R.K. Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2003
    Virginia
    cheers, bassisten.
    i have been contemplating a thread about this topic for awhile.
    good to confirm i'm not the only person who feels this way, didn't think i was......
    guess i'l have to make that thread!
    d
     
  9. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member


    I think you missed my point there - I was replying specifically to bassisten 's comments and I was just saying that your "slight problem" is nothing compared to what DB players go through!! ;)

    He was complaining about an instrument in "that price range" - when I know that NS EUBs go for about £1400 - £2,000 in the UK - whereas DB players can pay between £5k and £50k :eek: - yet still have big problems, which require a lot of work by skilled craftsmen to fix!! :(

    I was just saying that my NSCR5 is far more robust and a lot less trouble than any real DB!! ;)
     
  10. Steve Clark

    Steve Clark Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2004
    London ON
    All I was commenting on was that Bruce's avatar now shows a DB as opposed to an EUB. I assumed he now had a DB. I have an NS EUB and am very happy. Sorry for confusion or taking the thread on a tangent.
     
  11. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member


    I've got both - an NSCR5 for about 2-3 years now and I bought a DB a few months ago - lots about it in DB threads - I think - 'inexpensive basses in UK'...?
     
  12. Steve Clark

    Steve Clark Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2004
    London ON
    Thanks for pointing me to the thread. I enjoyed. I do want a real DB someday as well. I played one years ago in college and really enjoyed working with something that feels so physical.