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Thread #134838   Message #3103176
Posted By: josepp
26-Feb-11 - 03:21 PM
Thread Name: Bought a double bass today
Subject: RE: Bought a double bass today
I was looking inside the doghouse of my bass and realized it's not a vb-80 as I had thought--it's a vb-95. The people at the store advertized it as a vb-80 so that's why I thought it was but it is definitely not.

vb-95 bass

It is advertized as:

The Samuel Eastman model 95 bass is built with a fully carved spruce top, just like the model 90 bass but it is finished with a hand-applied shaded varnish to give it a special antique appearance.

•Fully carved solid spruce top
•Sturdy laminated back and sides
•Solid ebony fingerboard
•Solid brass tuning machines
•Special hand-applied shaded antique-style varnish
•Outfit includes Presto padded bag and K.Holtz FG bow
•Available in 3/4 size

So I have been taking lessons and my instructor learned from two bassists I've recorded in the past--Paul Keller and Danny Plisko. I'm learning from the Franz Simandl New Method for Double Bass book.

I'm playing with a French bow and getting the hand of it. I might buy a German one and see if I like that better. The French one tires out the hand but my instructor assures that once my hand adjusts to it, it will feel effortless. Man, that bass roars and throbs when you bow it. Here I was only interested in plucking and slapping it and now I just love using the bow on it.

Here's the Simandl book:

F. Simandl book

Franz Simandl was a bassist in Vienna and was also a professor of bass at the Vienna Conservatory and he wrote this book that would develop a novice into a competent bassist if he sticks with the book and gets the method down. The hand positions I-VII are the key. The fingers themselves take an arrangement my instructor calls "penguin" which is slightly different from the one Simandl teaches.

I remember taking my drum lessons as a kid (at the same place I do now) and it was such a pain--all the practice and crap when all I wanted to do was get in a band and tear it up--which I did. But now, I enjoy the lessons and look forward to them every week.

Now I'm listening incessantly to Paul Chambers. It will be a couple of months before I reach his level.