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  • One of my bass professors at UW-Whitewater had something very similar to the Marvin Tailpiece that is pictured. He had a five string bass and his tailpiece was just wires, I don’t recall if there was some black woven between the wires or not. But it made his bass very open compared to having a “traditional” wooden tailpiece.

  • Thanks for the info. It is the same thing – the picture just has a cover on it. I ordered one and hope it will open up my bass a bit.

  • I look forward to your remarks on how the tail piece changes the response of your bass. Where would I find about the theory underlying this device?

    I tune in fifths. I use the A D and G from the Pirastro Obligato set for fifths tuning and a Spirocore low B turned up to a C. Nice sound on my Pollman.

    I wonder whether this tail piece would be useful for my bass.

  • That’s the same string setup that I use except my Spirocore is just a long E. I haven’t seen to much on the web about this tailpiece other than positive reviews. He does have info on his website.

  • Spirocore strings are available in the Red Mitchell fifth tuning set. The fifth tuning players I know use the C-string from the Red Mitchell set for their C-string, no need to get a B- string Spirocore and tune it up when an actual C-string is available.
    The marvin tailpiece opens up the bass, makes the strings more responsive and improves harmonics. I wouldn’t use any other tailpiece. a rigid ebony tailpiece is 400 year old technology. It’s the most economical way to improve the performance or your instrument that I know of; there is no negative to using one, win win situation.
    It’s a great match for fifth tuning.
    He makes them for 5-string, as well.

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