#1

Ladies and gentlemen, on bass: Mr. Tony Levin. Oh, wait.

So, I've been looking to get into bass again, but I'm especially interested in the model being cradles in Mr. Levin's masterhands up there. Electric standing basses, man; that one up there looks awesome, and it sounded great on the tour. Levin could jump around with it, he could sit it in front of himself and have a somber moment, and when he took a bow to that thing... I WANT IT.

But, all the ones I've found so far don't look good and/or are too expensive. So, I guess I've got two questions: does anyone know what THAT model up there is, and does anybody know a good manufacturer or retailer with standing basses? Also, would fretless action be very difficult to learn for somebody who used to know how to play a fretted bass?

EDIT: Yeah, that's Peter Gabriel back there, hanging downside up.
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#3
That's a NS Design by the looks of it.

Edit: Ta da!
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#4
did he...did he flip an electric double bass into guitar position??? thats what it looks like, in which case, thats creative
#7
They can be really expensive. Dean makes one for about $600-700 I believe it's called the Pace

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#8
Look into a company called Krappy guitars. They make EUBs for real cheap.
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#9
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Ladies and gentlemen, on bass: Mr. Tony Levin. Oh, wait.

So, I've been looking to get into bass again, but I'm especially interested in the model being cradles in Mr. Levin's masterhands up there. Electric standing basses, man; that one up there looks awesome, and it sounded great on the tour. Levin could jump around with it, he could sit it in front of himself and have a somber moment, and when he took a bow to that thing... I WANT IT.

But, all the ones I've found so far don't look good and/or are too expensive. So, I guess I've got two questions: does anyone know what THAT model up there is, and does anybody know a good manufacturer or retailer with standing basses? Also, would fretless action be very difficult to learn for somebody who used to know how to play a fretted bass?

EDIT: Yeah, that's Peter Gabriel back there, hanging downside up.

Why would anyone use a bow on an upright bass?

Also, the dean is pretty much just a electric fretless turned upright. Hardly a real upright bass.
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#10
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Why would anyone use a bow on an upright bass?


Why wouldn't they use a bow?
It's a technique that is use quite often. Probably the most popular technique in a classical setting.
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#11
Here's a pair of clips of Levin playing the EUB, I'm sorry, but I just like his material too much. Anyhow, this is just him and Gabriel so it lets the tone ring through a little more clearly.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXoAF_rBgR8
And for any doubters, the EUB played with a bow:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBYm4cBSnQg

EDIT: many thanks, FleaJr., Stingray and Sam. Pastorius, you're my hero tonight. This guy's stuff looks pretty Krappy, and I'm liking it. I'd like to see how this works out. Definitely gonna get me playing bass again.
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#14
I have seen quite a few performers use a bow on a EUB.

On the Dean Paces--there's a good reason why they are priced in that range. They really are economy EUBs in all senses of the word. The tone is awful.
#15
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Here's a pair of clips of Levin playing the EUB, I'm sorry, but I just like his material too much. Anyhow, this is just him and Gabriel so it lets the tone ring through a little more clearly.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXoAF_rBgR8
And for any doubters, the EUB played with a bow:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBYm4cBSnQg


side note: great songs!
#16
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side note: great songs!

I know, right? I keep the DVD concert on hand since I missed their Euro tour, and I gotta say I've never been so impressed by a couple of old proggers.

But, I've noticed that the bass from "Signal to Noise" may be a different model. Still, the NS models are intended for bow use as well, and I believe that model is a EUB also.
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#17
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Why would anyone use a bow on an upright bass?

Also, the dean is pretty much just a electric fretless turned upright. Hardly a real upright bass.

"Mr Krinkle" by Primus. 'Nuff said.

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People might want to do what the double bassist does in the intro to this:

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=ijERWZHvsxI

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#18


These are made by Palatino, I've played one and they are very good.
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#19
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"Mr Krinkle" by Primus. 'Nuff said.



I also saw him play Precipitation recently using a EUB with a bow with a cello player instead of a guitarist.


Those Palatinos have always intrigued me. Its nice to know someone else thinks they sound as nice as they look.
#20
A standing bass... there's a million friggin ways to describe an upright (bull fiddle!?!?!), but that's a new one...

Anyway, I own the cheapest proper EUB, and that's the Stagg. Paid $550 for mine. There's only the one model, really. And it's actually quite good - has side dots and plays relatively well. It has hip rests and a shoulder so it plays more like an upright than any of the NS stuff. It's all maple. Piezo pickup, with a boost-only bass control, headphone out. A very cool and easily adjustable bridge. Endpin long enough for me.

The plugged in tone isn't anything to write home about... but it's an EUB.

EDIT: Why would you bow a double bass? WTF!?
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