You Like Your Upright, You Like Your Strings, So You Upgrade Your...

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by sixpants, Dec 15, 2015.

  1. sixpants


    Dec 15, 2015
    Northeast Ohio
    Assuming you're satisfied with your instrument and strings, but you still have an itch to upgrade something, what would you do to:

    1. Improve the aesthetics
    2. Improve the tone.
    3. Improve the play-ability
    4. Make life easier
    5. Whatever I missed...

    I think my $60 is probably lacking, but I have $10 technique so right now it doesn't inhibit me.

    I like Edgar Myers' dot marks on his fingerboard. I'd do that even though I don't use markers.

    The tuning hardware on the SB-88 seems like it would benefit from an upgrade, as would the end pin.
  2. mattwells


    Mar 19, 2003
    I need to get bass bumpers (URBBob Link) and a new rosin cake. That's about all I can think of besides a new bow for myself - if you have a new bass I wouldn't upgrade anything for a year or so. Just play it.
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  3. Sam Dingle

    Sam Dingle Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2011
    I got a beautiful german carved bass that sings with Spirocores. Other than probably switching to the weich sometime soon I'll probably just get my bow rehaired and maybe if I get serious about arco a new bow.
  4. I like Shen basses, but the machines leave something to be desired, so a set of Rubners installed by a good luthier would be a solid upgrade for you.

    However, as is usually the case, if you're relatively satisfied with your equipment but want to spend money anyway, spend money on lessons.
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  5. PaperbackRyder

    PaperbackRyder Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2007
    Maynard, MA
    practice arco
  6. lowfreqgeek


    Mar 15, 2010
    Tijeras, NM
    For a double whammy, record yourself practicing arco so you can always go back and enjoy the massacre of sound!

    That will quickly squelch any desire beyond learning to play your instrument. :)
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2015
  7. engedi1


    Sep 16, 2005
    Endpin replacement can reap huge benefits, especially if the OEM one is giving you any issues. I ended up with a very unique endpin situation that I just love, which is a set endpin made out of Oak, which my brother in law made on his lathe. I swear it improves the tone over a steel endpin. You can find those for about that price.
  8. Vertigo Jones

    Vertigo Jones

    Jun 13, 2013
    ...upgrade your skills!
  9. rickwolff

    rickwolff Supporting Member

    My answer: IF you are married, take your wife out to dinner. That will certainly help with #4 above. (Points toward upgrading your relationship).
  10. neddyrow

    neddyrow @TeddyPlaysBass - Instagram Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2011
    Cortland, NY
    gotta have a pick-up/mic and an amp!

    then an fDeck, then....

    it goes forever!
  11. gprigge


    Dec 19, 2007
    Rice Lake, Wis.
    I recently played a very, very good bow, now I want one......and a pony.
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  12. drurb

    drurb Oracle, Ancient Order of Rass Hattur; Mem. #1, EPC

    Apr 17, 2004
    If you're satisfied with your instrument and strings and if you gotta spend money on something, then arrange a private lesson with a fine teacher. Goes to Vertigo's "upgrade your skills."
  13. Thanks for telling us what strings you have.... so what strings do you have?
  14. EdwardofHuncote

    EdwardofHuncote I Still Dream of Jeannie Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Southwest Virginia
    I'm pretty happy with all of the above, but I could use a better vehicle to carry it all to gigs in. :bag:
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  15. rickwolff

    rickwolff Supporting Member

    and after the pony, maybe a Porsche Cayenne? (The 911 is too small to carry a double bass).
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  16. EdwardofHuncote

    EdwardofHuncote I Still Dream of Jeannie Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Southwest Virginia
    now you're talkin'! :hyper:
  17. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    My late father always told me, "If it ain't broke, fix it."
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  18. sixpants


    Dec 15, 2015
    Northeast Ohio
    Wow... you're onto more than you realize. My wife hasn't been terribly pleased that I'm a gigging musician these days - a whopping 4 gigs/practices total a month (funny since I'm a teacher and home WAYYYYYY more than everyone else's husbands are.)

    But I digress... dinner... yes. Yes.
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  19. It's never enough to be happy with her; you must also be miserable everywhere without her!!
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