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Forum: English Basses & the British Isles 07-18-2016, 02:58 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 44,003
Posted By John Cubbage
Hawkes Basses

Thank you for this very detailed information about Hawkes basses. What you've collected here is great.

My first experience with Hawkes Panormo basses was at Juilliard. While a student there I...
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 07-08-2016, 04:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 12,694
Posted By John Cubbage
I agree with what Mr. Smith has written about...

I agree with what Mr. Smith has written about this bass.

The cost of repairs done properly would likely exceed the value of the instrument. If someone chose to fix the bass up themselves, upon...
Forum: Luthier's Corner 06-29-2016, 04:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 13,153
Posted By John Cubbage
What a find!

I agree.

Wow! What a find! Can't beat the price. Maybe somebody died or skipped town who had no relatives, and the landlord sent some of the personal possessions to the thrift shop.

The blue...
Forum: Luthier's Corner 06-09-2016, 06:46 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 117,342
Posted By John Cubbage
Wow! That is a nice design and nice work. It...

Wow! That is a nice design and nice work. It looks like you brought the Long E string around the top wheel for a 180 degree turn, then on a second wheel, diverted the string to the "E string" gear....
Forum: Amps, etc. [DB] 06-01-2016, 04:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 15,080
Posted By John Cubbage
Fender bass amp circa 1959 was one piece plywood...

Fender bass amp circa 1959 was one piece plywood covered in a tan material with a darker brown small hound's tooth print on it. The speaker grill was a dark brown color (woven) material.

Later in...
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 05-30-2016, 09:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 8,225
Posted By John Cubbage
I played a friend's Jacquet bass many years ago....

I played a friend's Jacquet bass many years ago. It played and spoke very well, had a great tone, and very good volume. He played it in the American Symphony Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski. They...
Forum: Amps, etc. [DB] 05-28-2016, 01:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 15,080
Posted By John Cubbage
Fender amps sold to CBS

Fender amps had an excellent reputation up until the mid to late 1960s. At that time, Fender sold the amp division to CBS. When that happened, the Red Bank Music store began to get a lot of returns...
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 05-28-2016, 01:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 8,225
Posted By John Cubbage
Check these pics: ...

Check these pics:

http://www.kensmithbasses.com/doublebasses/jacquet-gand/

http://www.thomasmartin.co.uk/images/old-double-basses/gand_bernardel_fres_bass_lowc2.png ...
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 05-28-2016, 01:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 8,225
Posted By John Cubbage
French Bass

This bass is built on a nice pattern. I have seen the "double button" feature, behind the neck joint, on some old French made basses.

The tuning gears look similar to some Hawkes Panormo copies...
Forum: Italian Bass School 05-24-2016, 04:25 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 17,916
Posted By John Cubbage
Mr. Matthew Tucker did a wonderful job...

Mr. Matthew Tucker did a wonderful job translating the 1901 letter from Italian to English. My Italian is not nearly on a level as his. You may be interested to know that the letterhead stated:
...
Forum: DB Strings at Ken's Corner.. 05-24-2016, 02:02 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 31,061
Posted By John Cubbage
Green and purple bass strings

Thank you.

If you go to the website for Shar Music you can click on the camera icon under the Winding" column and see the colors each string is wrapped in silk at the ends. The Pirastro Evah...
Forum: DB Strings at Ken's Corner.. 05-23-2016, 12:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 31,061
Posted By John Cubbage
Green with purple strings?

Please use the address below and watch the video segment. The player shows a close-up of the strings, green silk wrapped with purple spiral, on the video.

https://youtu.be/MX4-oSVv31M?t=206
...
Forum: Amps, etc. [DB] 05-23-2016, 11:30 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 15,080
Posted By John Cubbage
Ampeg Portaflex Amps

Yes. I think the Ampeg bass amps in the 1960s that had the flip top were called "Portaflex." Thanks for that detail.

- Dr. C.
Forum: DB Strings at Ken's Corner.. 05-21-2016, 04:13 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 31,061
Posted By John Cubbage
Contrabass Strings

Thank you for having this thread on double bass strings.

Recently I saw a video of a bass player who had strings on his bass that had green silk end wrapping with a purple thread spiraling over...
Forum: Amps, etc. [DB] 05-21-2016, 01:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 15,080
Posted By John Cubbage
Sunn and Kustom

[QUOTE=Eric Hochberg;27786]My first bass amp was late 60's when I started playing in high school. It was a Baldwin with a 15" and 12" speaker. I remember it as being a good, solid amp. I bought a...
Forum: Amps, etc. [DB] 05-21-2016, 11:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 15,080
Posted By John Cubbage
More on Ampeg Bass Amps

We're collecting some good information on the history of bass amps. Maybe it will help somebody if they try to restore an amp.

I remember the Ambeg Bass Amp in the early to mid 1960s. I saw two...
Forum: Amps, etc. [DB] 05-20-2016, 05:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 15,080
Posted By John Cubbage
Bass Amp History

Maybe it will be interesting for start a thread that will discuss and record information about various developments in bass amplifiers.

I got started wit bass guitar and bass amps in 1959 and...
Forum: German/Czech Shop Basses 05-20-2016, 11:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 11,223
Posted By John Cubbage
I wouldn't do a neck graft. It would cost more...

I wouldn't do a neck graft. It would cost more than the bass is worth. I would put a bolt in the base of the neck to fix the crack. It is a factory bass. The varnish looks like it is sprayed on. Is...
Forum: Luthier's Corner 05-19-2016, 03:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 19,591
Posted By John Cubbage
Bolt it?

Don't be such an elitist re screws. I've done it plenty of times-don't worry, not on your basses!:eek: ...and of course not on any carved bass but sometimes its the only cost effective way to get a...
Forum: Bows (and Rosin etc) 05-18-2016, 04:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 13,416
Posted By John Cubbage
I once owned a beautiful L. Marizot bow with the...

I once owned a beautiful L. Marizot bow with the ivory frog. I purchased it new for $120 from Fred Batchelder of the Philadelphia Orchestra in maybe 1968. One day I foolishly leaned it up against...
Forum: Amps, etc. [DB] 05-18-2016, 04:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 24,579
Posted By John Cubbage
A practice mute can be made of any heavy metal...

A practice mute can be made of any heavy metal and attached to the bridge usually between the strings. David Walter used to have a large practice mute made of solid brass. I once made a few from two...
Forum: New Forum Member Introductions 05-18-2016, 04:05 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 6,704
Posted By John Cubbage
Greetings

Hello, Mr. Kennedy.

I too am new to Ken's Bass Forum. I intend to get around to my own introduction some day soon.

I see you are a copper smith. You probably know the famous Revolutionary and...
Forum: Bows (and Rosin etc) 05-13-2016, 12:57 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 6,276
Posted By John Cubbage
Which?

French or German, Bottesini or Dragonett. Choose the one you prefer or become proficient with both. Many leading bassists have used both. Murray Grodner comes to mind as being very accomplished with...
Forum: Luthier's Corner 05-05-2016, 01:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 11,305
Posted By John Cubbage
Mr. Smith is giving good information. Neck...

Mr. Smith is giving good information.

Neck joints I have seen for Kay basses had dove tail joints, not mortise joints. Replacement necks for Kay basses online that I have seen have dove tail...
Forum: French Bass School 05-03-2016, 01:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 10,169
Posted By John Cubbage
The above bass is very similar to what I recall...

The above bass is very similar to what I recall through interactions with David Walter years ago. I played it and 2 other of his basses in David's apartment in 1973. It had light varnish, man's head...
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