The Upton Bass Ergo Double Bass by AES is a joint collaboration between Upton Bass and Arnold E. Schnitzer, developing his unique Ergonomic Contrabass model and putting it into production here at Upton Bass. It features an asymmetric design that sits close to the player’s body allowing for a better reach with the bowing arm and remarkable fingerboard access.
The Ergo also features unbroken corner-less lower bouts and sound ports on the player’s side for acoustic response. This first 2020 Upton-built version is fully carved, with lightly figured domestic Maple back and sides, Sitka Spruce top and a 41″ string length.
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Here’s Arnold’s build notes on his original award-winning Ergonomic Contrabass: “Conceived as a combination orchestral/solo instrument, it is asymmetrical as a matter of form following function. The upper bout is wide enough to allow for a deep, punchy tone, yet the reduced treble side shoulder provides outstanding access to the upper register. The lower bout of the treble side was enlarged by the same amount as the reduction in the upper bout in order to maintain tonal balance between the treble and bass halves. The back slopes gently up to a thin neck block, allowing the player to nestle closely to the bass, keeping the bow arm in a naturally relaxed position. Along with ergonomic developments, the bass features unique back bracing, top arching and bass bar, all designed to reduce seasonal fluctuations and improve tone. The ff-holes are an aggregate of violin-family and plectrum guitar designs. The shape of the body was conceived to be corner-less – the upper corners are a concession to practicality.”
Upton Bass String Instrument Co. specializes in building award-winning custom double basses and offers accessories for the double bass. Upton Bass also services all instruments and bows of the violin family with world-class restoration and repair, to view our online restoration portfolio visit stringrepair.com
Upton Bass is ready to offer advice and answer any questions regarding double basses or related bass topics! If you are interested in this Ergo Double Bass or any other model, please contact UB at email@example.com or call the shop at +1 (860) 535-9399.
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