Bill Merchant just had the mildest winter in his 40 year career.
For decades, double bassists would come in to get their winter posts set during November. Now this is happening in January.
“Global warming is real, people,” says Bill.
That was one of probably 50 topics that we covered in our conversation!
Other topics we covered:
- why most people set sound posts too tightly
- the difference between aluminum and wood bridge adjusters
- the effect that an endpin can have on the sound of a bass
- designing a folding-neck electric upright
- Bill’s preferred measurements for all sorts of set-up work
- contributing to Chuck Traeger’s seminal text on double bass repair and set-up
If you like going deep on the gear side of things, you will love this conversation with Bill!
Links to Check Out:
- Bill’s website
- Setup And Repair of the Double Bass for Optimum Sound: A Manual for Players, Makers, And Repairers by Chuck Traeger (Bill contributed to this book)
- Coda to The Setup & Repair of the Double Bass for Optimum Sound by Chuck Traeger
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