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NSD double bass. Wow.


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So as you may or may not know, I'm a creative director the online portion of a HUGE retailer based in Chicago. My particular office is dead center in the Loop (the middle of downtown Chicago), and like almost all of my 350 or so coworkers at this location, I commute in via public transportation.

 

So you can imagine my surprise when I got to my desk last week to see an extremely narrow and tall instrument case leaned against the window along with a tiny Markbass head. I sat there puzzling it out when one of the developers popped over and said "There you are...I wanted you to get a chance to play this". He unzipped the case and assembled the NSD CR double bass, right there in my cubicle.

 

What a fantastic instrument. I have never touched a double bass, so I have no frame of reference for any sort of comparison, but it felt comfortable and amazing. The bass' owner, an amazing bassist, had a few complaints about it, but I was deaf to them as I played note after delicious note. I don't think it sounds exactly like a doghouse, but I imagine only the purest purist would object.

 

So all of you folks who are much more accomplished players than your truly should try to get an opportunity to play one. It's just nice to feel real engineering and attention to detail in a "mass produced" instrument.

"For instance" is not proof.

 

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They are very cool indeed; I was inspired to build my own (not being able to afford one) in response to auditioning one in the late nineties. The five string OmniBass (short scale version) has been calling me, insistently, since I first played one, but I just have no good reason to justify adding one to the arsenal.

 

If you have the opportunity to muck around with any model, go for it.

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Hmmm, I have been thinking of double bass for a long time. Teachers told me that an electric equivalent is not the same: sound is not like the real thing and there is no instrument body to fight with, to feel the vibrations of and to use as a reference for hand positioning.

I listened to that advice, but I am not too satisfied with a fretless and would rather keep my fretted bass and go out for a new adventure. Since buying a large body of wood would create too many problems in the house, I am very interested in all those alternatives.

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Hmmm, I have been thinking of double bass for a long time. Teachers told me that an electric equivalent is not the same: sound is not like the real thing and there is no instrument body to fight with, to feel the vibrations of and to use as a reference for hand positioning.

I listened to that advice, but I am not too satisfied with a fretless and would rather keep my fretted bass and go out for a new adventure. Since buying a large body of wood would create too many problems in the house, I am very interested in all those alternatives.

I trust Net Steinberger for taste, in design, in finish and sound.

 

The range of EUBs is all over the place, and true, the "stick" variety generally leans towards a fretless ebass sound, though string types and pickups can get it to lean one way or the other. I purchased an Eminence over a dozen years ago; it was the most URB-sounding EUB I could find, and could be the solution for the space issue as well as the usual transport one.

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I have an NS Design WAV 4, and while it does not sound exactly like an upright, it does not sound like a fretless electric either. It sounds more like an electric upright :)

 

These days I use it mainly to practice either country or latin music, and I do not plan on taking it out any time soon - unless I happen to stumble upon a latin, country or blues band where it would be appropriate.

 

But it's great fun, and makes me rethink my approach to bass / the fretboard when I play it. That alone is worth the price of purchase (though in retrospect I would have added a couple of hundreds and gone for a slightly more expensive model if I had known about them).

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I had some luck using Optima strings. Maybe something with a nylon core will bring it around. You will never hit the upright sound right because the stick works strictly off of piezos and there is no sound chamber to fully develop. I use an active EQ going into the sound board and just do some fine-tuning.

 

Bought a CR4 last spring and did some gigging with it in a blues project. Eddie, I'll tell you, the difference between the WAV4 (you know I have one) and the CR is like playing $275 Squire and a Fender Highway 1 custom. Both playable, both sound good, but there is something about that CR ... it feels tight, solid and well put together before you start playing. The active preamp allows me to skip the EQ and make my adjustments on the fly. The stock strings are ok, but I might still get me a new set of Optimas to throw on to see if I can't get more "thump" out if it.

 

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I would not mind trading my WAV for a CR4, to be honest. But for what I use it - still being bandless and all - I would not be able to justify the expense. And if I sell my WAV I'll have to eat a substantial loss on the price, I am sure. The market here is still flooded with Stagg EUB's and people don't seem to know the difference :)

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Meanwhile, Ned's headless prototype has turned up: eBay

"This bass was the very first instrument that I molded from carbon fiber, built in about 1977 and is a one of a kind instrument" - Ned Steinberger

 

See this is the kind of thing that I just can't get around when it comes to The Great Tonewood Debate. I mean if the wood is that important to the tone, as some say it is, then this should sound like shite and it doesn't.

 

Sorry for the hijack. Just musing...

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I wish they'd have kept the boomerang body rest thing even though this first version was a shoulder strap instead of waist band.

I friend of mine had a Steinberger early issue with the waist band instead of a shoulder strap; it was functional and sooooo cool.

Things are just the way they are, and they're only going to get worse.

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