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Double Bass Setup and Repair Book

 


Repairing a Double Bass - Setting up a String Bass
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The Setup and Repair of the Double Bass for Optimum Sound
by Chuck Traeger

 

 #70-6601

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A Manual for Players, Makers, and Repairers
From the back cover

"This big new book is the bible for the bass - complete information on repair & optimization.

"For the player who wants more & better sound, & for the luthier who will provide it.

"Presents detailed, clear, correct & efficient techniques for pracically any repair. Thoroughly illustrated, 377 pages.

"This book contains secrets you will find nowhere else on how to make ANY bass louder, evener & easier to play."

With David Brownell and Bill Merchant.

Table of Contents

I. Philosophy
1. Some General Observations
2. Optimum Sound
3.Science Catches Up With Art
4. Bass Repair - A Specialized Form of Repair

II. The Setup for Optimum Sound
6. Some General Observations on the Setup for Optimum Sound
7. The End Pin
8. Making a Nut
9. Making and Positioning a Soundpost
10.Mode Matching
11. Making a Bridge - Proper Bridge Placement & Preventing Warping
12. Making a Regular Saddle - Making a High Saddle

 

III. Section 1 General Outside Repairs
13. The Shop
14. Glues and Gluing
15. Repairs to the Outside of the Body
16. Re-cutting a Bridge Top & Extending the Bridge Legs
17. Making a Bidge, Part 1 - Centering the Bridge & Fitting the Feet
18. Installing & Making a Bridge, Part 2 - Adjusters & Finishing the Bridge
19. Lengthening or Shortening a Fingerboard
20. Replacing a Fingerboard
21. Fitting a Shimunder the Fingerboard
22. Dressing the Fingerboard

III. Section 2 The Neck and Scroll
23. Neck & Scroll Repairs
24. Neck Thickness
25. Re-setting a Neck
26. Replacing an Entire Neck and Scroll
27. Neck Too Short - Endgrain Shim at the Neck Butt
28. To Shorten and Existing Neck with Original Scroll Graft
30. Another Scroll Graft
31. Scroll & Tuning Box Broken
32. Tuning Machines
33. Installing a Fingered C Extension

III. Section 3 - Major Open Repairs the the Body of the Bass
34. Opening for Repairs - Taking the Top Off
35. Repairing the Back
36. Blocks


37. Ribs and Linings
38. Top Repairs
39. Plate Graduation
40. Installing a New Bass Bar
41. Reshaping a Top
42. Tongue & Groove & 'Flying Dutchmen' - Dutchmen (Double Dovetail) Keys
43. Putting the Top Back On

IV.. Alternative Repair Techniques
44. Adding a Big Piece of Top or Back
45. Repair a Broken Neck - A Hidden Inlay Spline
46. Inletted Peg Box Repairs
47. Shims in the Mortise for the Neck
48. Dowel Pins in Bass Bar
49. Preserving the Scroll with a C Extension
50. Grafts: Corners, Edges and Button
51. Custom Purfling
52. Center Insert to Widen a Shrunken Round Back Bass

V.. Finishing Up
53. Re-hairing the Bass Bow
54. Other Bow Problems
55. Varnishing & Touch up
56. Writing an Appraisal

Appendices
A. Specifications for Optimum Sound
B. The Air and Wood Modes of the Violin
C. Humidity and the Double Bass
D. List of Suppliers

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