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Tootler
02-08-2013, 07:11 AM
Some money I had been expecting came through yesterday so I went into town and bought a U-Bass. I had wanted one for a while. It's the Mahogany one and first impressions are good but I've not had much time yet to give if a good workout. Will report back when I've had chance to play if a while.

Those strings are chunky, though.

bazmaz
02-08-2013, 07:39 AM
Cool. Have you got thunder guts on it? Played a bass the other day with those and it sounds great

vanflynn
02-08-2013, 07:57 AM
Congrats. Have fun, they are a blast.

UkuleleThreads
02-08-2013, 08:18 AM
Jealous...want one for sure!

DaleR
02-08-2013, 08:19 AM
Pahoehoes Rock! They do require some different technique, but the sound they get...BOOM! Welcome to the Klub U Bass! You should also check out The Ubass page, which also has a nice forum for talking about U Bass stuff.

http://ubassappreciation.wordpress.com/

Craig Chee
02-08-2013, 08:22 AM
congratulations! i'm still debating on getting one... i think it would be a blast to pull one out and loop a song with it during a set... did you get a fretted one? i look forward to your review!

Ben_H
02-08-2013, 09:09 AM
Working on others in our uke group to get a shared one so that we can take it in turns, maybe specialise in a couple of songs each.

OldePhart
02-08-2013, 11:12 AM
COngratulations - believe it or not those big rubbery strings do eventually slow down their stretching! After a couple of months I was able to play a whole set without retuning on mine.

John

mm stan
02-08-2013, 01:55 PM
I talked to a friend yesterday...he said they found one in california music shop for 253...wow Kala U bass alimeda, california

myrnaukelele
02-08-2013, 03:58 PM
Congrats Tootler! Have fun with it. I want one - saving up my money! But I do have a stand up bass already...so I wonder how much I will really play a Ubass? Just wondering about the rest of you bass players who might also have a Ubass - do you play both of them an equal amount?

KamakOzzie
02-08-2013, 04:28 PM
Congrats Tootler! Have fun with it. I want one - saving up my money! But I do have a stand up bass already...so I wonder how much I will really play a Ubass? Just wondering about the rest of you bass players who might also have a Ubass - do you play both of them an equal amount?

They are different animals. You manhandle the upright in comparison to finessing the U-bass.
I play upright in a Bluegrass band. I use the U-bass for casual jamming and non-bluegrass playing. I've hardly touched my G&L fretless electric bass since I got the U-bass late in 2009.

Bill

Tootler
02-08-2013, 11:13 PM
My other bass is a recorder - a contrabass recorder to be precise. A different instrument altogether and for a different style of playing but it plays in the bass range - similar pitch range to a cello or bassoon but smaller range, Two octaves above F. I have used it as a bass with our Folk Band though. The U-Bass will be much better suited to that role, though. I also have a regular bass recorder. That is pitched an octave higher, lowest note F below middle C. I use it in the folk band to play harmonies that go below the treble clef As well as playing both in recorder groups.

To answer some questions.

It has the standard strings on. I won't be changing them for a while until I have given the instrument a good workout.

I had some problems with tuning to start with, not being used to such low notes. The shop had it tuned a tone+ higher - presumably to encourage the strings to settle more quickly. I did get it in tune, though. Not got a bass amp yet. The parking near the shop was all taken so I left it till later. It can be played acoustically but is very quiet. I plugged it into my Marshall Micro amp and it did surprisingly well. Obviously not the full on tone of a proper bass amp but enough for practising at home. It is fretted. I didn't trust myself to cope with a fretless one at this stage - maybe for the future. Myrna, I would imagine you will be OK with a fretless one.