Tom Capasso Posted August 21, 2013 Share Posted August 21, 2013 Some of you may remember that when I was searching for my 5-string I learned about Dammann basses. they are designed to hang upright on the strap. I visited Ralph Dammann in 2002 and played his basses. While I decided not to buy one then (my Kinal SK5B was my 2002 purchase), I always admired the design. During the intervening years, Ralph was never able to grow his bass business. He eventually hired a luthier named Ray Verona and expanded to other instruments. His current push is making mando-cellos (mandolins with a 5th course that is low). Ralph and Ray still make basses (as well as guitars and other instruments). more at mandocello.org I came into a bit of money and decided to go for a Dammann. I called Ralph to find out if he was still making them and scheduled a visit to Charlottesville VA in May. I played a few sample basses he had on hand. Ralph said that he really wanted to make a bass for me and promised that he would do whatever it took to make me happy. I worked out details with Ray and we were on our way. It is a 5 with Bart J pickups and an Audere preamp. One choice I made was to use a Carvin neck (that's how Ralph had done most of his basses) rather than have Ray make a neck. I had him order a neck with smaller frets and diamond inlays. The neck is built to be neck-thru. The body (and cap over the neck and headstock) is mahogany. The next two pictures are of one bass I played in May - that's Ralph holding the instrument. http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t217/tom_capasso/forumstuff/0e12dac0-66ad-4514-88e2-5d1278d0b899.jpg http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t217/tom_capasso/forumstuff/0f5d2d1e-50e0-44aa-ae91-8579a6f5802f.jpg My bass has reached the point where the woodwork is done. The numbers in this picture are so I can pinpoint where the jack will go (I picked #4). I have received stain samples and communicated my preference. I'm hoping that the staining/dyeing is done. If the work goes as planned, I'm planning to travel back to Ralph and pick up the bass Columbus Day weekend. http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t217/tom_capasso/forumstuff/tcb4.jpg While the Dammann will make an appearance or two with Stonefly, I plan to use it in church and with my new duo. The Kinal and Lull will be my rockband choices (with the EB3 stepping in from time to time). I'll let you know as the progress continues. Yes - it was interesting to post on the thread about Precision vs boutique basses knowing this is in the works. Tom www.stoneflyrocks.com Acoustic Color Be practical as well as generous in your ideals. Keep your eyes on the stars and keep your feet on the ground. - Theodore Roosevelt Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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