Talk to me about Double Bass

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Re: Talk to me about Double Bass

Post by vin-tone » 04 Aug 2018, 16:26

Yeah na. The Animas are silk core with copper wrap (I believe) so mag pups are out. Thats ok though - you should be able to deal with most situations with a piezo pickup and decent preamp.

IMO a good preamp should have a variable HPF and high input impedance (1 - 10meg). parametric controls are good and phase switch can also help. If you get an FDeck or Broughton HPF you can put that in front of any amp and yr good to go.
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Re: Talk to me about Double Bass

Post by slave » 05 Aug 2018, 20:28

Thanks,

So a HPF to take care of rumble/bloom etc., into a VT bass then? Would that do the trick?

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Re: Talk to me about Double Bass

Post by vin-tone » 05 Aug 2018, 20:40

I'm not sure why you'd want the vt to be honest. Your amp should be able to give enough eq options. Generally best to keep your signal as clean as possible.

... and yeah low end boom is a major source of feedback particularly with a big rig on a boomy stage. I never gig without hpf.
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Re: Talk to me about Double Bass

Post by slave » 05 Aug 2018, 22:58

Hmmm.... I'm reading reviews. All a bit confusing, YMMV sort of stuff.
Also given I've got a ply bass & not a carved one might change things too.

So far the K&K Bass Max looks like it's worth a look.

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Re: Talk to me about Double Bass

Post by vin-tone » 06 Aug 2018, 09:28

^^ Haha. Yeah my condolences on your future bank account. :D

I've heard some decent clips of the K&K. Never tried it tho.
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Re: Talk to me about Double Bass

Post by slowlearner » 08 Aug 2018, 13:22

Nope. Animas are copper and synthetic. Mag pick up won't sense that.
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Re: Talk to me about Double Bass

Post by pjm » 08 Aug 2018, 18:43

Just picked up one of these, good price and quick delivery https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/KNA-DB-1-Do ... 1438.l2649
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Re: Talk to me about Double Bass

Post by slowlearner » 10 Aug 2018, 08:27

I'd suggest you could make yourself this with these and a socket.

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/10PCS-Piezo ... SwvFZW66fd
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Re: Talk to me about Double Bass

Post by slave » 10 Aug 2018, 19:26

slowlearner wrote:
10 Aug 2018, 08:27
I'd suggest you could make yourself .....
Very true. Funnily enough, I've been looking at making a piezo. There certainly is a lot of YMMV information out there.

I spotted this;
https://www.uprightbasspickups.com/buy- ... ing-pickup
:hmm

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Re: Talk to me about Double Bass

Post by slave » 10 Aug 2018, 19:33

vin-tone wrote:
04 Aug 2018, 16:26
Animas
slowlearner wrote:
11 May 2018, 10:26
Animas. I love these strings.
Finally got my bass back from the luthier. Bridge cut & installed, fingerboard re-glued to neck (massive deadspot fixed), tuners fixed, and Anima's on.
I played them for about 3 hours last night, didn't get blister or a sore left wrist, they're not stretching anymore.
Excellent strings. I'm impressed!! Thanks for the advice boys (tips hat) :notworthy: :yep :thumbup:

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Re: Talk to me about Double Bass

Post by vin-tone » 11 Aug 2018, 10:07

Good stuff. Mine are still stretching in. Still need to tune once or twice a set.

For some reason I found I can intonate better with these strings than the Spiros. Dunno why....
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Re: Talk to me about Double Bass

Post by slave » 05 Nov 2018, 20:38

Okay, so I thought I'd drop in and let youse know how I ended up.

Good fella I know sold me his old beat-up Fishman BP-100 for nicks. Plugged into a Fishman Platinum Stage EQ, then into whatever else I'm running, from SVT & Fridge or my lil' GVT15-112 combo.
It works a treat, the Fishman preamp has a very useful EQ, I can leave my amp setup for all my electric bass work, and just use this to get me in the right spot. I've read a lot of negative reviews about the BP-100, but it seems to work for me.
Velvet Anima's are killer, love them.

Setting the bass up took me a while tho.
I took the bass with a brand new adjustable bridge, to an old fella referred by a mate. Professional for decades.
He lifted the DB off the ground after inspection, by the fingerboard and SNAP! Lifted it straight off the neck!! Said he'd fix her up, service, and install the new bridge with Velvets on. He was true to his word, and he was cheap too.
He set it up with an action about 2cm high at the octave (12th fret), at the minimum possible height on the bridge. I could go higher, but not lower.... it was difficult to play.
So I did it myself.
Cut the bridge, got the action where I wanted it, but I then found the G string part of the fingerboard right at the lowest part towards the bridge, had a bit of a sky-jump to it in the last 2 or 3 centimetres, causing a fair bit of buzz unless I had the action substantially higher. So I sanded that as minimally as I could and got the G sounding even with the other strings, without buzzing a lot when I play. If I want that mwah sound, I can drop the bridge a little and there it is.

Now it plays awesome, pretty happy with how it turned out for a beater bass.
Thanks for all the advice everyone!

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Re: Talk to me about Double Bass

Post by slowlearner » 06 Nov 2018, 06:48

Pleased to hear it worked out. About that fingerboard. Sounded like it was ready to come off anyway. Don't be too hard on him. Now you better give us a sound clip. :)
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Re: Talk to me about Double Bass

Post by slave » 06 Nov 2018, 19:54

slowlearner wrote:
06 Nov 2018, 06:48
Pleased to hear it worked out. About that fingerboard. Sounded like it was ready to come off anyway.
Pretty much, we shook hands, it was no big deal. He told me he'd fix it, he did. ;)

Sound clips? Whats the best way to do that?

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Re: Talk to me about Double Bass

Post by slowlearner » 07 Nov 2018, 06:08

Well, record into your laptop via a DI. Or if you have a phone with a decent mic (ie. try it out), take a vid and post it on youtube.
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