The Gear Page (for the double bass geeks)

Us double bass players need help! Carrying the thing around is difficult enough... playing it: don't get me started, the many many many hours of pain and frustration that never ever end... and then, when we get on stage, if we don't choose the right gear, we sound like a tin of sardines!

So, this page is not a show-off endorser page, but just my contribution to the cause of the struggling double bass player in search of a decent live sound. Over the years I have learnt what works for me...unfortunately this may not work for everyone...

1) MY BASSES

I have 2 basses. My own main bass is a lovely big carved bass made in England by Ken Miller in 2006. It is very unusual, full of battle scars and character (a bit like myself), and I am in love with her. She's called Fortuna

 

Fortuna

Fortuna

My other bass is a plywood called Mags, with Frank Zappa stickers on and frankly it's not the best sounding bass in the world, but it has a lovely story of kindness attached to it. I use it for festivals and spaces where I'd be nervous to take Fortuna.

Mags with Freak out sticker

Mags with Freak out sticker

2) STRINGS

Thomastik Spirocore Medium S42. They need no explanation http://www.thomastik-infeld.com/family-detail/Spirocore%20Bass

I also like Danny Thompson's own strings made by the Bass Centre http://www.basscentre.com/elites-signature-series/elites-danny-thompson-double-bass-strings.html

3) PICKUPS

I love my Remic 5400 and 5400LB microphones. At the moment I am using the 5400LB https://www.remic.dk/shop/upright-bass/remic-d-5400-lb/

For festivals and places where I need volume and I'm worried about feedback, I blend the Remic with a Krivo magnetic pickup. The sound is less pure, but no feedback... https://www.krivopickups.com/store/p6/The_Krivo_Magnetic_Pickup_for_Upright_Bass.html

4) PREAMPS

An essential part of any gigs on double bass. I use the wonderful Acoustic Box II from Vintage Revolution. This and the Remic have been total game changers for me https://www.vintage-revolution.com/acousticbox2

5) AMP

I rarely take an amp, but my favourite is the Markbass CMD121P http://www.markbass.it/product-detail/mini-cmd-121p/