Double bass set-up: not a giant violin


The size and shape of the double bass mean its set-up differs greatly from the other bowed stringed instruments. Bass maker Arnold E. Schnitzer presents a comprehensive guide, designed for both luthiers and practically minded bassists

Compared to a violin, the double bass is enormous, heavy, ergonomically challenging and prone to mishap. Its size and mass make it difficult to carry, store and transport. The amount of tension pulling on the instrument (commonly around 100kg or 220 pounds) makes its construction parameters critical. Build it too lightly and it will self-destruct; too heavily and it will sound and respond poorly…

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