The Double Bass Book

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400 years of low notes – The double bass: It’s history, important makers, and bassists in classical music and jazz. Written by Jonas Lohse.

About this book

Hardcover, 240 pages, four-color printing throughout. The many photos and illustrations allow for a deep look into the world of the double bass and transform this book into a captivating and entertaining lecture for every bassist and music lover.

www.Lohse-Verlag.de

Table of contents

  • The history of the double bass at a glance 
  • The history of the double bass 
  • Tunings
  • Shapes
  • Sizes
  • Tonewoods
  • Bows
  • Electric Upright Bass (EUB)
  • On the road with the double bass
  • The double bass and its parts (in four languages)
  • Range of the double bass, the notes on the piano keyboard 
  • Lutherie
  • Craft and industrial stringed instrument making
  • Factory made violins from Germany
  • Germany as a developing country
  • Quality as competitive advantage
  • The 20th century
  • Labeling fraud
  • American-made plywood basses
  • Strings 
  • Rosin
  • Important bassists
  • Johann Matthias Sperger
  • Domenico Dragonetti
  • Václav House (Wenzel Hause)
  • Giovanni Bottesini
  • Franz Simandl
  • Serge Alexandrovich Koussevitzky
  • The double bass in Jazz
  • Bowing, plucking or slapping?
  •  1930–1940: The Swing era
  • 1940–1950: The Bebop revolution
  • Jazz Jam Sessions—breeding grounds of bebop
  • Formative bassists
  • Red Mitchell about the bass scene of the 1950ies
  • 1950–1960: Modern Jazz
  • Formative bassists
  • 1960–1970: Free Jazz and Avantgarde
  • Formative bassists
  • 1970: The electrification of Jazz
  • Technological Backlash
  • Bassists and the Cello in Jazz
  • Bassists in the Jazz polls
  • Jazz Bass Timeline 
  • The Double Bass in Jazz at a glance
  • Electrical amplification of the double bass 
  • Microphones
  • Piezos
  • Magnetic pickups
  • The development of pickups
  • Phase cancellation for pickups
  • Do-it-yourself pickups
  • Amplifier and speakers
  • Impedance
  • Tone controls and filters
  • Feedback
  • Digital signal processing
  • Setup und sound optimization 
  • The fingerboard
  • The bridge
  • The nut
  • The soundpost
  • Where does the soundpost go?
  • Cutting a new soundpost
  • The Tailpiece
  • The Saddle
  • The Endpin
  • Climate
  • Sharp tools
  • Glues
  • Sound improvement from the laboratory
  • Chladnian sound figures
  • Mode Matching
  • Vibration dedampening
  • Wolf tones
  • The acquisition of a double bass
  • How does the bass sound?
  • Prices yesterday and today
  • Instrument Portraits
  • Gasparo da Salò
  • Giovanni Paolo Maggini
  • Hans Christoph Zäncker
  • Peeter Borlon
  • Johann Joseph Stadlmann
  • Matteo Gofriller
  • Domenico Montagnana
  • Domenico Busan
  • Giovanni Battista Ceruti
  • Giuseppe Baldantoni
  • John Frederick Lott
  • Hawkes & Son
  • J. T. Lamy
  • The “Karr-Koussevitzky” bass
  • Bass making in Mittenwald
  • Bass making in the Saxon/West Bohemian region
  • Bass making at Bubenreuth