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Project by Texcaster posted 04-10-2016 11:57 AM 1033 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I started making these basses just before the financial crisis. This bass and an electric fiddle are the only instruments I make for sale. They are the only instruments, at this stage, I’m willing to guarantee. They are almost unbreakable. My best year I sold six, fishing and beer money really.

The neck, fingerboard and scale length (1050mm) are shaped so that an acoustic 3/4 DB player will feel instantly at home with this bass. It took three years of feedback from customers and an acoustic DB maker in Sydney for the bass to evolve to the bass I make today.

Two other basses

Purple Heart

It’s been a busy couple of days around the shed

Lulo Reinhardt, grand nephew of Django Reinhardt, fooling around with a bass in the djamming tent at an Oz Manouche. Those basses have an early body rest.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.





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BB1

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#1 posted 04-10-2016 01:08 PM

Beautiful instruments!

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Scott Oldre

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#2 posted 04-10-2016 01:43 PM

Looks like art and music wrapped into one to me. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#3 posted 04-10-2016 02:54 PM

Those look great. I’d love to have a bass like this, but it’s not in the budget. I’ve considered DIY, but as you’ve found, that would take a while to get it right. In any case, I admire your work. Thanks for sharing.

-- Barry, http://BarrysWorkshop.com/

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#4 posted 04-10-2016 04:14 PM

Very nice, just looking at the bass makes me want to pick it up to play. Sweet Design! Congrats!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#5 posted 04-10-2016 04:19 PM

I love those. Great work!

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#6 posted 04-10-2016 04:55 PM

My uncle played bass in a jazz band (he died late last year) he would have LOVED one of those bad boys.
So much easier to transport to gigs than a traditional bass. Lovely work and great attention to detail.

-- Live Forever...............or Die Trying

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#7 posted 04-10-2016 07:40 PM

Stunning. Thanks for sharing.

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#8 posted 04-10-2016 11:38 PM

Beautiful work Bill…......

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#9 posted 04-11-2016 10:14 AM

Thanks for looking and commenting fellas, all the best.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#10 posted 04-11-2016 05:25 PM

Amazing.

-- ~Tony

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Gary

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#11 posted 06-28-2017 10:20 PM

I don’t know how to post a whistle but those made me whistle!

-- Gary, Florida

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