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Upright bass question?

Discussion in 'The BASS Place' started by J. Hayes, Apr 21, 2017.

  1. J. Hayes

    J. Hayes Friend of Leo's

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    May 18, 2005
    Virginia Beach, Va.
    I'm probably the only Lawrence Welk fan on this forum but I noticed that his bass player, upright, electric and tuba) in the color shows has this upright bass with some sort of device or attachment on the headstock which looks like a wooden rod or something going upward out of the headstock. I also saw a bass player on Austin City Limits recently who had the same thing. Anyone know what that is? Just curious............JH in Va.
     

  2. BigDaddyLH

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    In classical music, double bass players sometimes double the cello line, an octave below. The trouble is that cellos go down to C and double basses only go down to E. The extension lets them go down to C. I've never seen a jazz bassist use one, for example. I can't imagine the levers give you the same control and feel as a fingered note.
     

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  4. maxvintage

    maxvintage Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    Mar 16, 2003
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    Yes that's an low-C extension. Lets the bass play a full octave below the lowest note on a cello. They are very very common on basses for orchestra players--in fact you sometimes can't get an orchestra gig without one. Usually they have some sort of capo type arrangement that lets you stop a note below your low E.

    Usually you want to install them non-invasively, so they can easily be removed, as in the picture Mike Simpson posted. Notice the E string is being tuned by the A tuner, which has been switched to E
     

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