Making a double bass


My name is Bob Hitchings and I am a bass player living in Somerset, England
I play double bass in a couple of amateur orchestras and I am also a semi-pro jazz bassist.

I have made a few double basses and as I was making this bass I kept photographic record of the manufacture from the very start so that the processes can be clearly seen.The site is broken down into a number of pages dealing with different parts of the manufacture.
Stages in making a double bass
MAKING THE MOULD

 BENDING THE RIBS
 GLUING THE RIBS
 FITTING THE LININGS
MAKING THE BACK
  FITTING THE BACK
  SHAPING THE TOP
 PURFLING THE TOP
 THE BASS BAR
 CUTTING THE "ff" HOLES
 MAKING THE NECK
 MAKING THE TAILPIECE
  ASSEMBLED BASS
DOUBLE BASS PLANS


As a result of interest shown in the site I have produce a manual of instructions including full sized plans.
The manual is  available to buy online click the link for further details

PLANS AND MANUAL

CHAMBER BASS
I have made a copy of an 1821 Chamber bass. Click here to visit the site.

Chamber bass bought by Reuben

OTHER MAKERS
Bob Kogut has taken pictures of the bass he made from the plans in my book.
PICTURES OF A BASS MADE BY BOB KOGUT

If you would like me to include pictures of a bass you have made or are making then Email me at rhitchings@btinternet.com

OTHER LINKS
Other links to bass sites can be found at the bottom of the page



Other links

CLJazz - courses and workshops
 CLASSIC WEB PAGE
 BOB GOLLIHUR'S BASS LINKS
 MAKING A VIOLIN
FITTING A BRIDGE
 LUTHIER'S BOOKLIST
 L'ATELIER DE LUTHERIE
 VIOLIN AND BOW MAKERS HOMEPAGES
 BEYOND. COM The Software Superstore
JAZZ SERVICES
BASS LESSONS
BASS LINKS
THE LIBSTER
BASSDOUBLE BASS
 ACCESS MUSIC
MIKE GUTTERA'S BASSMAKING,WOODTURNING AND JAZZ PAGE
KLEIMAN GUITARS AND VIOLINS
State-of-the-art Double Bass, Cello, Violin Cases and more from luthier Roy Courtnall

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