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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



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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

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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