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Offline Trazom H Cab

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My custom-made bass
« on: August 04, 2015, 04:38:51 PM »
I'm not sure why but the last forum I posted this in banned me for spamming which I find inexplicable but then I often find the internet inexplicable.  No other forum reacted that way but now I have to be on my toes about it.  I had a bass custom made for me recently.  I commissioned it in January of 2014.  It was completed in January of 2015.  For now, I'll just show you the photos of it in the construction stage. 









That's all for now.  If this passes muster as not being spam then I'll post photos of the finished product if you'd like to see it.

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Re: My custom-made bass
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2015, 03:46:32 AM »
Beauty!
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« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2015, 04:09:55 AM »
That is fascinating - thanks so much for posting those photos.  Did you ask of the instrument maker any custom-made specs or requests?

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Re: My custom-made bass
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2015, 04:11:12 AM »
Unless you are selling custom made basses and soliciting all readers, I can't imagine what would lead me call this spam. ::)  In any case, it's a beautiful thing, has it now progressed to where you can make noises on it yet?  ;)

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Re: My custom-made bass
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2015, 07:41:02 AM »
I believe, Gurn, that our friend said it was finished in January of this year.  Perhaps he would consent to post a recording as well?  8)
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Re: My custom-made bass
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2015, 06:26:58 PM »
 

The artist was Dan Seabolt.  I specified a gamben form bass (no violin corners) with medieval themes.  I wanted a 41" scale length.



Dan went to France and sent me photos of his travels and one showed a type of cross carved in a wall.  I looked it up and it's called an Occitan cross which was the official emblem of Count Raymond V of Toulouse from around 1165.  Toulouse was in the region of Occitania who opposed the Kings of France.  The artist was a woman whom I've never met but she oil paints on instruments and Dan varnished over the paintings to make them permanent.



Instead of a standard scroll, I specified a knight's helmet.


Dan came up with the idea to make the tailpiece resemble a castle tower with battlements.




I wanted an antique varnish that was the color of a medieval monk's tunic.  Dan came up with this shade of brown that let the original blonde of the wood peek through.  He studied how early violins were varnished and applied his coats the same way which gives an ancient look.  Anachronistic since double basses didn't exist in medieval times but so what?

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Re: My custom-made bass
« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2015, 02:27:01 AM »
Delightfully fanciful.
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« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2015, 11:47:34 AM »
Unless you are selling custom made basses and soliciting all readers, I can't imagine what would lead me call this spam.

As I said earlier, no other forum where I've posted this thread had a problem, not even an inkling of a problem.  Maybe the mod is one of those power-mad people who stretches most every posting into something he can take action on.

 
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::)  In any case, it's a beautiful thing, has it now progressed to where you can make noises on it yet?  ;)

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Re: My custom-made bass
« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2015, 05:39:44 AM »
Four strings, no fingerboard extension?  So E is as low as you can play? 8)
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« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2015, 06:12:29 AM »
E is as low as I can play.  I could use a low D but rarely have any need to get lower than that.  To me, a double bass should have 4 strings (they come in 3-, 5- and 6-string models) and no extension.  I don't even like violin corners or that love-handle look of the bussetto-type basses.  I've very particular about how a double bass should look.  As for bass guitars, I don't care.  I have all manner of bass guitars.  I am confused by 6-string double basses.  What do you need one for?  I mean, I suppose when you want to bow up really high, it helps.  6-string bass guitar is a whole different animal--you play it like a regular guitar--full chords and everything--and it sounds beautiful.