Monday, 05 March 2012
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Dearest Sheldon and Forum Users, i was "surfing" through the web in search of something intresting from the bass world, ant it happened that I knew that Steve Bailey has a new bas from warwick. The wiked thing is that it appears that the bass has an "unholy" price, something around 7500 euros... More expansive than a Prima and an AC Signature (F-bass, famous in the fretless world). More intresting, it has nothing worth a try but the electronics (Seymour Duncan, should be nice) and a SNAKEWOOD fretboard. And the question is: did You ever try snakewood? If we stay on the technical side, does it have any stability / hardness / anything superior apart from price and availability? Additional question: How about stainless steel (ALIKE THE REMONGTON STEEL, Le Fay?) Lateral question: did You ever experiment with pernambuco (Caesalpinia echinata), used to make bows for violins, uproghts and the like? Thanks for the imputs, I like to ask question like these to Liuthmakers I trust... It is so difficult nowadays to discern among the many options the market offers! I am hungrily waiting for grasping my Z2 6 strings with GLOW IN THE DARK dots, I am sure the B will strike so asertive that I will feel like Thor with the Hammer!... Alberto
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Hmm, interesting. I've never heard of snakewood before, but it looks pretty sweet from the pictures on google. I'm always interested in what Sheldon has to say about stuff like this! :) PS - You'll love that Z2-6, I'm sure. Thor's hammer has been a common phrase to describe Dingwall B strings. :twisted: PPS - I'm pretty sure a Prima will run you FAR more than 7500 Euros, new at least. ;)
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[quote="AlbiMax":2cpvoh6z]Dearest Sheldon and Forum Users, i was "surfing" through the web in search of something intresting from the bass world, ant it happened that I knew that Steve Bailey has a new bas from warwick. The wiked thing is that it appears that the bass has an "unholy" price, something around 7500 euros... More expansive than a Prima and an AC Signature (F-bass, famous in the fretless world). More intresting, it has nothing worth a try but the electronics (Seymour Duncan, should be nice) and a SNAKEWOOD fretboard. And the question is: did You ever try snakewood? If we stay on the technical side, does it have any stability / hardness / anything superior apart from price and availability? Additional question: How about stainless steel (ALIKE THE REMONGTON STEEL, Le Fay?) Lateral question: did You ever experiment with pernambuco (Caesalpinia echinata), used to make bows for violins, uproghts and the like? Thanks for the imputs, I like to ask question like these to Liuthmakers I trust... It is so difficult nowadays to discern among the many options the market offers! I am hungrily waiting for grasping my Z2 6 strings with GLOW IN THE DARK dots, I am sure the B will strike so asertive that I will feel like Thor with the Hammer!... Alberto[/quote:2cpvoh6z] Hi Alberto, I lookied into Snakewood in the past but kept away from it because it's a small tree and difficult to find. I don't recall how stable it is supposed to be. Due to our radical climate we prefer stability over just about anything else. I talked to Tony Levin once about his Stainless fingerboard. His opinion was that it didn't sound much different. My expectation is that on a wood neck it would not be very stable because wood and steel move in opposite directions during temperature changes. Plus steel is unaffected by humidity changes. I've not looked into Pernambuco. I was sceptical of the glow in the dark dots, but the blue color apeals to me. We should have them installed this week.
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Dear Sheldon, thanks for the reply! I really like GLOW IN THE DARK items since I am a child, I just bought my daughter a FOSFORESCENT T-Rex skeleton, because she is getting intrested in dinos... I read somewhere here in the forum that somebody lamented the fact that the fret marks were not so visible during live performance (maybe it was the fretboard markers, not the lateral). So I thought that the fosforescent dots could be an easy fix for this kind of "problem", while being not annoyng as LEDs. A LED directed in your eye (as the lateral dots do) can damage the eye, due to the brightness of the LED (no difference rome LASER, apart from the fact that the laser is coherent light, but the semiconductor is the same...). I am very happy that You liked my "idea", and eventually that Yuo came to know the existance of those dots (if You didn't know before... I was searching for luminescent paints, and I stoumbled into that site for a case...). I am sure the result will be nice and above all useful. As far as it reards snakewood and steel, as well as bamboo in the other thread, I understand and associate myself to Your position: stability and certainty of the results first, and careful with "uncontrolled" experiments which can end up to be unworthy. As far as price is concearned, 7500 euros are 9900 CAD... Some Primas may cost more, but I guess that You can buy a Poorman's Prima for 9900 CAD....
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