Category Archives: Bass Making

At the bowmaker’s workshop

This video shows Jean-Jacques Augagneur from Lyon (France) making a violin bow. From wood selection, carving, hairing and final adjustments, Augagneur shows and explains all steps of bow making.

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Violin Making live stream

As part of the RNCM’s prestigious Manchester International Violin Competition, the four violin makers William Castle, Helen Michetschläger, Kai-Thomas Roth, and Marc Soubeyran will work together to make a copy of a Guadagnini violin. The making process is broadcasted as live … Continue reading

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New materials in instrument making

Nathan Sawaya is a Brick Artist. He builts things with Lego bricks, and he has recently made a Lego cello: YouTube

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A bassplayer’s nightmare … comes true.

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Frankfurt Musikmesse starting on Wednesday

The Frankfurt Musikmesse (Music trade show) opens the doors on Wednesday. The annually Frankfurt Musikmesse is one of the biggest trade shows in music industry. The string instrument section is at hall 1.2 (and my booth number is B40, if you … Continue reading

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‘Delmas’ double bass by Giovanni Paolo Maggini, Brescia, c. 1610

Tarisio, an auctioneer spezialized in old string instruments and bows, announces the upcoming auction of an rare Maggini bass. The ‘Delmas’ double bass by Giovanni Paolo Maggini is the first Maggini bass to be offered at auction for over a century.The … Continue reading

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Otto Roth’s Monster Bass

In 1903, German bass maker Otto Roth (1876-1954, Vogtland area/Bohemia) finished a huge double bass with almost 4.20 m height and 2.10 m body length. The photo (taken in 1905) shows the enormous size of this “moster” bass: twice as … Continue reading

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Lutherie workshops at New Hampshire

The Violin Craftsmanship Institute offers weeklong hands-on workshops, taught by internationally prominent craftsmen (mostly trained at Mittenwald/Germany). These workshops are sponsored by the University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH (15 minutes from seacoast resort town of Portsmouth and an hour … Continue reading

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Cremona Mondomusica

Mondomusica, the Italian Music Trade show at Cremona, focusses on Jazz this year, with  an international seminar on jazz teaching, four masterclasses and the Mondomusica Jazz Club.

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Aluminium double basses

For Dave Gartland, bassplayer with background in sheet metal working, double basses made of Aluminium have always been fascinating. Over the years, he has collected much informations about these instruments, and he finally started building an Aluminium double bass of … Continue reading

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