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Old 04-25-2016, 09:05 AM
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I am finishing up restoring a church bass and was wondering if there were opinions on what kind of strings and bridge to put on it? It is a 4 string church bass. Should I put cello or bass gut strings? Someone recommended a Forster bridge which was popular in England in the early 1800's. Are there any thoughts about that?

What kind of bow would be used, a cello or bass?
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I am finishing up restoring a church bass and was wondering if there were opinions on what kind of strings and bridge to put on it? It is a 4 string church bass. Should I put cello or bass gut strings? Someone recommended a Forster bridge which was popular in England in the early 1800's. Are there any thoughts about that?

What kind of bow would be used, a cello or bass?

What is the body length and string length as compared to a modern Cello.
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The body length is 31". From the bridge to the bottom of the nut at the top of the fingerboard it is 29'.
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The body length is 31". From the bridge to the bottom of the nut at the top of the fingerboard it is 29'.
Ok, so what are these measurements for a modern Cello?

Old Yankee makers made Cellos with small bass-like Gears as well.
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Interesting.....standard body length is 29" string length from bridge to bottom of nut 26.75".
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