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Forum: Luthier's Corner 11-23-2014, 10:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,330
Posted By Arnold Schnitzer
The general rule of thumb is that the bridge foot...

The general rule of thumb is that the bridge foot should overhang the outer edge of the bass bar 5 to 10mm. Some makers and repairers don't fully understand the bass bar/ bridge/ f-hole...
Forum: Italian Bass School 11-02-2014, 08:35 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 12,946
Posted By Arnold Schnitzer
Ken, to most players' ear the BelCanto strings...

Ken, to most players' ear the BelCanto strings sound mellower and smoother than the Flexicores. (They also have less tonal dynamic range.) I'm curious why you would use Bels to try to brighten up a...
Forum: Yankee and Vintage American Basses 08-08-2014, 01:01 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 9,091
Posted By Arnold Schnitzer
To me the C-bouts look kind of Yankee, not...

To me the C-bouts look kind of Yankee, not German. The head however is not by the maker of the corpus, in my opinion. It looks factory German.
Forum: Italian Bass School 04-08-2014, 08:59 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 12,946
Posted By Arnold Schnitzer
I have known this bass for about 20 years. Trust...

I have known this bass for about 20 years. Trust me when I say it sounds better than it looks. Ken is a fortunate fellow.
Forum: German/Czech Shop Basses 09-04-2013, 06:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,559
Posted By Arnold Schnitzer
I bought, fixed up and sold a lovely 1936 bass...

I bought, fixed up and sold a lovely 1936 bass labeled "Hermann Stotzel". It was a cut above the average shop bass. Unfortunately the neck had been destroyed, so I did not get to observe the...
Forum: Luthier's Corner 09-01-2013, 09:52 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 11,483
Posted By Arnold Schnitzer
The tentative date for the 2014 Oberlin Bass...

The tentative date for the 2014 Oberlin Bass Workshop is June 8-13, 2014. We are already starting to put together a participant list. Hope to see many returnees and new faces there!
Forum: Modern Handmade Basses 08-23-2013, 06:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,000
Posted By Arnold Schnitzer
Matthew's bass is beautiful, well-made, and...

Matthew's bass is beautiful, well-made, and sounds excellent. What's really impressive is how good Matthew is at teaching himself; no violin-making school, no local mentors, just books and internet....
Forum: Italian Bass School 03-03-2013, 10:02 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,441
Posted By Arnold Schnitzer
Pino, outstanding restoration! One question; do...

Pino, outstanding restoration! One question; do you think the back bend is original? The extreme angle, as well as the high placement on the back are quite unusual; that, and the outline make me...
Forum: Hybrid DB Strings 02-06-2013, 08:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,205
Posted By Arnold Schnitzer
And the madness continues...:D

And the madness continues...:D
Forum: Hybrid DB Strings 12-31-2012, 01:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,205
Posted By Arnold Schnitzer
Evah Weich long E.

Evah Weich long E.
Forum: Hybrid DB Strings 12-23-2012, 05:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,205
Posted By Arnold Schnitzer
Couldn't control yourself, could you old friend?

Couldn't control yourself, could you old friend?
Forum: Luthier's Corner 11-18-2012, 09:23 AM
Replies: 210
Views: 70,769
Posted By Arnold Schnitzer
Matthew, there is a guy in France making total...

Matthew, there is a guy in France making total copies of the old French bass machines. I have seen them on Laborie basses I think. With your excellent research skills, I bet you can find him. When...
Forum: Luthier's Corner 11-17-2012, 09:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,539
Posted By Arnold Schnitzer
"Violin Restoration" by Hans Weisshaar and...

"Violin Restoration" by Hans Weisshaar and Margaret Shipman is considered the finest work on the subject of string instrument repair, and is worth every dollar (very expensive).
Forum: Bows (and Rosin etc) 11-17-2012, 09:11 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,739
Posted By Arnold Schnitzer
Sue Lipkins!

Sue took a coveted Gold medal for her bass bow in the VSA makers competition. In my humble opinion, Sue is among a handful of the finest bass bow makers on the planet. When I spoke to her last...
Forum: Classical/Arco 11-17-2012, 09:07 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 29,141
Posted By Arnold Schnitzer
Actually, a gold medal is reserved for an...

Actually, a gold medal is reserved for an instrument that wins a silver in both the tone and workmanship categories. Silver is the highest honor in either tone or workmanship. Also, I want to...
Forum: Classical/Arco 11-16-2012, 08:32 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 29,141
Posted By Arnold Schnitzer
I'm happy to report that the re-formulated...

I'm happy to report that the re-formulated Pirastro Passiones are a winner. When I recently strung up my #30 bass, I tried several different sets of strings; old and new BelCantos, Flexacore...
Forum: German School of Basses 08-30-2012, 08:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,732
Posted By Arnold Schnitzer
They look a bit like what Pollmann did in the...

They look a bit like what Pollmann did in the 60s-90s, other than the extreme tilt, and the narrow shaft.
Forum: English Basses & the British Isles 08-23-2012, 12:56 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 9,628
Posted By Arnold Schnitzer
Wow that neck looks crooked!

Wow that neck looks crooked!
Forum: German School of Basses 07-21-2012, 09:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 8,545
Posted By Arnold Schnitzer
If you look in the old turn-of-the-20th-century...

If you look in the old turn-of-the-20th-century Sears catalogs you will see blockless basses for sale, and clearly marked "Made in Germany". At least this is my pre-dementia remembrance. I also...
Forum: Double Bass Talk in General 07-18-2012, 08:38 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 45,215
Posted By Arnold Schnitzer
It looks like it's been wearing a corset.

It looks like it's been wearing a corset.
Forum: Luthier's Corner 07-01-2012, 09:24 AM
Replies: 210
Views: 70,769
Posted By Arnold Schnitzer
Nice pics and work, Matthew. Brian, will you be...

Nice pics and work, Matthew. Brian, will you be starting up a thread on your endpin experiments soon? How is the Tarrantino sounding?
Forum: Luthier's Corner 06-27-2012, 08:43 AM
Replies: 210
Views: 70,769
Posted By Arnold Schnitzer
Matthew, how's that neck coming?

Matthew, how's that neck coming?
Forum: German School of Basses 06-13-2012, 07:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 8,545
Posted By Arnold Schnitzer
Talking Sorry maestro but I don't have the info you are...

Sorry maestro but I don't have the info you are seeking. What I wanted to elucidate, though, is the situation at the back button on the bass you pictured. Many blockless basses one encounters have...
Forum: Classical/Arco 06-03-2012, 09:27 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 24,035
Posted By Arnold Schnitzer
I get it. When I was a classical bass student I...

I get it. When I was a classical bass student I also played jazz, lounge and wedding gigs, so I had reds on my bass. (Back then there were really only 2 or 3 metal string choices.) My arco teacher...
Forum: Classical/Arco 06-02-2012, 04:48 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 24,035
Posted By Arnold Schnitzer
I think on a dark sounding bass there is nothing...

I think on a dark sounding bass there is nothing louder or more defined-sounding. But you better have great bow technique, a terrific bow, and a gob of sticky rosin.
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