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  1. Beat me to it! This is not fair off from some bass necks I've seen.
  2. Bass makers have attempted to solve this issue in a variety of ways, necks with adjustable overstand or projection. Most common is bridge adjuster wheels however. When done precisely they work very well. Would be pretty weird to see on a cello though. I bet it would be a fun experiment!
  3. @Ken_NI think that bass was a bit earlier. That was a big inspiration for me on this one. Thanks for all the kind words fellas. @Thomas Coleman if a paying player comes along, sure! After all that sweat and toil now I want to do violins for a bit. They're so much... smaller
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqbLsRkHpjQ Thanks everybody, here's a clip I just uploaded of the bass solo from Verdi's Otello. Apologies for the audio quality, this was done on short notice to submit to the VSA. To @Shelbow, yes this is now my main instrument. Compared to my previous bass, an 1895 prague bass, this is gutsy and very resonant, particularly in the low to mid range. It tapers off a little in thumb position but that may change as the bass opens up more. It's got a wolf on the octave A I need to sort out but first impressions are very positive.
  5. Greetings all! Long-time lurker, first-time poster. I just wanted to share with y'all my first instrument now that it's finished. This was a bass for myself to use when I play in the symphony. It's got some neat features like a removable neck, carbon fibre insert, compressed pine fingerboard, edge bumpers etc. I'm largely self taught so this was a long project I've had running in the background for 4 years. It's far from perfect but I'm generally quite happy and I learned a great deal in the process. If people are interested I'll answer questions and post more photos later.
  6. Sci-fi audiobooks during menial work for me. For music these days it's mostly funk as it keeps me energized
  7. Completed. I'll be interested to see how my part of the world compares to elsewhere, if that data will be shown.
  8. Back in my school days I worked on a team to develop an AI that would compose music based on audio recordings we would feed it. The results were childlike but frightening. It's only a matter of time before these things work their way into all fields.
  9. I suggest reading Michael Darnton's article on varnishing. There's an easy to follow section on making a good dammar varnish. I can attest it works well
  10. Sitting bass players will often have a bib, made of velvet or something similar to protect the rear bout from their belt buckle. I can see the value in something similar for cello. Fabric might be more comfortable than leather after lots of contact.
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