Category Archives: Bass Making

At Michael Hartery’s workshop

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Not my pair of shoes … 

… but I learned a new word: Gildaxe (= a copper-like varnish). More about this fancy bass varnish project at www.gildaxe.com

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Build-a-Bass in a Week at the 2015 ISB Convention?

Under the direction of Paul Hart, chair of the 2015 ISB Maker’s Competition workmanship judges panel, the ISB is inviting working bass luthiers attending the convention to help attempt a first in ISB Convention history. The participating luthiers are going to build … Continue reading

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Workshop tip: soundpost inspection lamp from IKEA

The new IKEA desk lamp “Harte” makes a perfect workshop lamp for soundpost inspection and similar tasks. It’s made of an aluminium tube, with an adjustable the LED lamp head. It’s super-slim, and easy to insert into the ƒ-holes, while the triangle … Continue reading

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E-Book on making a double bass

Roger Hargrave, a british violin maker who lives and works in Germany, has built his first double bass and wrote a interesting blog about this project on the website ‘Maestronet’. After having finished the bass, he has put his text (24000 … Continue reading

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How gut strings are made

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See you at the Frankfurt Musikmesse …

On Wednesday (March, 12), the Musikmesse Frankfurt starts. I’ll be exhibiting at Hall 3.1, where all the acoustic guitar and violin making companies are located, at booth H27. Hope to see you there!

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16th annual spring seminar for violinmakers

The 16th annual spring seminar for violinmakers will take place on May 3rd at Notts, UK. It is attended by about 180 people from all over the UK comprising students, professional and amateur makers. Its a great day to meet … Continue reading

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How to calculate a C-extension length

Fingerboard extensions are very common in the USA, but become more and more popular in Europe, too. They have a couple of advantages over a 5-string bass, can get fitted to any 4-string bass and if they are well made, … Continue reading

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Soundpost measurement tool with magnets

If you need a new Soundpost for a double bass, you usually take the already existing Soundpost for reference, and make the new one slightly longer or shorter, whatever you need in particular. While the proper length is not that … Continue reading

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