Yes yes yes, it’s spring again in the Netherlands. Ibo asked some of his friends – including me – to join him at a jam on the Noordermarkt in Amsterdam. The weather was great, the atmosphere even better. And the Applecake at Winkel was delicious. Petra made a small video, capturing the busy atmosphere at the Noordermarkt. I play on a regular double bass here, as there’s no need to bring ebass to acoustic gigs. Yeah I know, this video is quite off topic, but it’s so sweet! Who says the Dutch are surly? 🙂
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My basses are equipped with Thomastik Spirocore strings. Many bassists love these strings, and so do I. Luthier Lucas Suringar in the Netherlands suggested these many years ago, and it still seems a perfect match to me. But still, it’s possible, that there’s a better match for a bass, but how to find out which set sounds nice?
You could randomly buy some sets of strings, but if you know how expensive double bass strings are, that probably is gonna be a very costly trip through stringland. And it’s a lot of work too, winding strings till eternity (they have string winders for that, by the way). Probably the best thing to do, is to go to a bass luthier, tell him your needs and show your instrument…
But if you are just curious what the differences amongst strings are, there is a great resource. Hervé Jeanne offers a stringmatrix on his site: he plays the same tunes on fifteen sets of strings on the same bass!
There are several reasons why people decide to play an electric upright bass. Some have lots of children and do not have the space for a large doghouse bass in their crowded houses…Others have weak spines and refuse to carry heaps of wood on their backs. Taking a double bass with you in trans-continental flights costs as much as inviting your girlfriend for a trip (which is mostly more rewarding as she is able to walk, as opposed to the large block of wood that is waiting to be transported). Some think the sound of EUBs is more versatile and prefer the growl some basses offer. Taking your eighty-year old Hungarian bass to a hot dance club is also not favourable. The look of the wooden eub-sticks mostly appeals the audience.