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Thread #134838   Message #3070303
Posted By: josepp
09-Jan-11 - 12:11 AM
Thread Name: Bought a double bass today
Subject: Bought a double bass today
Back in the 80s I had one but my learning it was interrupted and never resumed. I saw a beautiful one the other day and I just couldn't get it out of my mind. So I went back today and bought it. Cost a small fortune but--oh, what the hell. It sounded terrible but now it's getting better--the wood is starting to break in and it's booming now. Before it was really weak.

I'm already playing it fairly well. I do intend though to take lessons. To be any good, you really have to learn from someone. I mean you can do the book thing like I did to learn blues guitar but I did that because I had no teacher. But I do know a great bassist who does teach double bass and so I fully intend to learn what I can from him.

It's an Eastman VB-80, 3/4 size, violin form with an arched back. More of a beginner's than a fully top pro model but I am a beginner. It's very nice. Lovin' it.

http://www.eastmanstrings.com/images/vb.80.jpg