Question : Answer – Upright Bass

02022-11-01 | Jon Gagan, Question:Answer, Touring | 4 comments

Steve asked what I know about the upright bass, seen in this post.

It’s a Chadwick folding upright bass. Jon has been playing the folding bass since 2015. It makes traveling so much easier and is a big reason why we do perform with the upright again. Well, it also sounds really good. We can fly with it and at other times it gets shipped via FedEx.

Unfortunately Chadwick no longer produces the bass – see this.

In 2015, before settling on the Chadwick, Jon tried this one. It didn’t sound as good.


  1. Steve

    Oh wow. I had never heard of that! That’s pretty dang cool. Many thanks for the reply!

  2. Steve

    >In 2015, before settling on the Chadwick, Jon tried this one. It didn’t sound as good.

    Yeah … nothing sounds like an upright bass but an upright bass. I have participated in lots of failed experiments in attempting to duplicate the sound electrically, electronically, acoustically (with a large body guitar like instrument) … etc, etc, etc … amplifying it and really getting it to sound like it sounds is more difficult than I expected.

  3. Dave Kirschner

    This is not his original upright, though, correct?

    • ottmar

      That is correct. Jon still has the 100+ year old German upright and that’s what you hear on Bare Wood 2.


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