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    Double Bass - Instruments

    The Double Bass is an acoustic, non-fretted string instrument that one plays either arco (with the bow) or pizzicato (plucking the strings).  

    It is part of the string family and the largest of the four string instruments of the violin family (violin > viola > cello > double bass).  In fact, the upright bass (another word for double bass) is so large that most people never play the full-size instrument. Instead, they stick to a 3/4 bass. The sizing of the double bass is therefore out of sync with the sizes of the other three instruments. As a rule of thumb, the bass size is always one step below those of the other instruments. For example, an eight-year-old child would go for a 1/2 size violin or 1/2 cello or a 12" viola (same length as a 1/2 size violin), yet the correct double bass size for this age would be 1/4 size.

    All our Double Basses come with an Ebony fingerboard (planned to eliminate buzzing and increase playability), hand-carved bridge and fitted soundpost.  It is all done in our on-site workshop to make our instruments a joy to play with the best-possible sound quality.