Contrabass tuning opinions

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ttf_MadBone88
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Contrabass tuning opinions

Post by ttf_MadBone88 » Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:52 am

Hey folks,

Shopping for a contra and wanted to get some opinions on tuning. I'd appreciate any pros/cons of both F/C/Db/A tuning and the more European style of F/Bb/Eb/? 

Thanks!

Tim
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Contrabass tuning opinions

Post by ttf_Toddbrubaker » Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:18 am

I use the "American" tuning F/C/Db/A, as it makes going back and forth between bass and contra a little easier.  The intervals are the same, and although you have to stretch a bit to get a low Gb in tune, everything else sits nicely in 4th position or closer.

You use your valves more on a contra since you can't really get anything past a 5th position unless you have stretchy arms, and the pitches center nicely on my Rath R90 with the valves.

I've seen guys use both tuning setups, but that is the one that works best for me!
ttf_johnstad
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Contrabass tuning opinions

Post by ttf_johnstad » Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:38 pm

I also use the American Tuning system on my Kanstul. Perfect 4th down the whole horn.

And yes, low G flat/ F sharp is the tricky note.  You just have to own it.
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Contrabass tuning opinions

Post by ttf_blast » Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:23 am

I didn't know there was an American system. Anyway, I set the Rath up so it could be used with pretty much ANY tuning... You get to choose.

Chris Stearn
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Contrabass tuning opinions

Post by ttf_blast » Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:23 am

I didn't know there was an American system. Anyway, I set the Rath up so it could be used with pretty much ANY tuning... You get to choose.

Chris Stearn
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