The NewYork Bass Viola Choir was an interesting band led in the late 1960ies by bassist and composer Bill Lee, who by the way is the father of film maker Spike Lee.
Here’s a TV show footage of this band: “Like It Is” (1972) from “One Mile East” folk opera; featuring N.Y. Bass Violin Choir. Bill Lee, director, composer; Ron Carter, Richard Davis, Milt Hinton, Percy Heath, Michael Fleming, Lisle Atkinson – bass; Consuela Lee Moorehead, piano; A. Grace Lee Mims, vocalist, Al Harewood, drums
Rick Jones, founder of Acoustic Image, has introduced a new speaker cabinet: the upshot. Acoustic Image is best known for their concept of downfiring speakers. This speaker cabinet is the same idea, but reversed: the speaker is upward firing!
I’ve tried this little beast, and what I like best is that it is so small and light. You can even put it in a back pack. But even at this small footprint, the sound is pretty big. And the up firing speaker really helps to hear yourself better.
Bassist Emilio Guarino from New Jersey (USA) has designed an angled endpin, and in order to mass-produce this endpin, he asks for support at Kickstarter:
Angled bass endpins were first adopted by Francois Rabbath and his students, but thanks to their many benefits they are becoming more mainstream every year.
Angled endpins are very popular because they make the bass easier to play. The bass feels as if it is floating. It moves with the motion you need to play the instrument, not against it. Straight endpins balance best when the bass is completely vertical. This position is not ideal for actually playing it. If you’ve ever felt like it was difficult to keep the bass in a comfortable position, you know what I’m talking about. Angled endpins keep the bass in a comfortable position in all ranges of the instrument.
I created The Chromatic Endpin to solve these problems. I wanted a solution that I could use on different basses and allow me to experiment without modifying my instrument. Also, it has the added benefit of being very user friendly. No professional installation is necessary. It takes less than two minutes to assemble and it adjusts even faster.