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Double Bass Making Book and Plans


For those interested in constructing their own string bass, this book fills the need for a book that carefully and thoroughly discusses the processes of bass construction from start to finish. The many illustrations and photographs greatly help to make the process simpler and more interesting. Definitely a worthwhile addition to the library of any amateur or professional luthier or musician interested in the acoustics and mechanics of instrument making. Dealer, distributor and quantity inquiries welcome. 93 pages, soft cover.

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So ... you want to make a Double Bass

 70-5303.ALBUM The box set includes the book and complete set of nine folded plans (information about the book and plans below), nicely pacaged in a white box. Purchase the works and save!
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So ... you want to make a Double Bass (book only)


The book (Chandler) is wonderful and beautiful and will be immensely useful to me as an aspiring bass maker. I liked it so much I ordered some of the plans today. Keep up the good work. ... I give this book very high marks for clarity, accuracy, completeness, and wisdom. I give it an 'A'. - W. Dotson, NY



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Cover of Bass Making Book

From the Back Cover
by the Author, Peter Chandler

"By following the instructions in 'So you want to make a Double bass', anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of carpentry tools and their use should be able to make a playable bass.

"Instrument making is, in my opinion, less exacting than furniture making as curved lines are more forgiving than straight lines.

"Preparation of workshop and tools needed are discussed in chapter one.

"Details of making the four main parts - neck, scroll, rib assembly, front and back - are each allotted a chapter as are my varnishing process and set up.

"The final chapter describes my method of copying a bass...." 93 pages, soft cover.

The book does not contain any plans, the plans are offered below.


Double Bass Making Plans


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Sample of Bass Making Plan

Note: The newer Lott and Chandler plans are not illustrated or discussed in the book. The Chandler special is Peter's own model - it has a smaller upper bout, for a bass that is easier to hold and play.

Life Size Patterns for Basses
Illustrated and Discussed in the Book

By Peter Chandler

Plans for basses pictured in the book are available. These plans consist of life size drawings plus measurements needed to make a bass. Palotta shown (left). *Flat back bass with asterisk. Click on model numbers for example image.

Models :
(fractional sizes are estimated)
5303.AMATI Amati* (3/4) Info & Price
5303.TARR William Tarr* (3/4) Info & Price
5303.PANORM Panormo (3/4) Info & Price
5303.PALOT Pietro Pallotta* (3/4-) Info & Price
5303.GOFRIL Gofriller (3/4) Info & Price
5303.BUSAN Busan (7/8) Info & Price
5303.FR1/2 1/2 size French Info & Price
5303.LOTT John Lott Senior (3/4) Info & Price
5303.CHAND Chandler Special (3/4+) Info & Price
5303.SET Set of 9 plans SAVE Info & Price



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