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Dick Rees
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Hi again guys
Well i done sound for the concert on Saturday with the double bass in it.
I tried wrapping a 57 in small hand towel and jammed it nice and tight under/between the tailpiece and body as suggested. Initially it sounded good, better than the 58 i had pointing at body to left of f hole. But then we got rattely sound when he plucked the top two strings. I tried jamming towel in a bit tighter but still got that sound but only from two of the strings. I was going to experiment a bit more with different positions and with a 58 instead of 57 (as i thought it might be the loose head that the 57 has when touched that caused the rattling sound??) but he didn’t want that as practice was about to start so we just went back to the 58 pointing near f hole…

Foam block for cardioid dynamic handheld type mics, flannel cloth to wrap the foam (foam chemicals can react with instrument lacquer, so you must cover it) and Velcro cinch-straps to secure the whole shebang under the tailpiece.

It could very well have been the ring on the 57 that was rattling. I prefer to use a 58 as the ball makes for a better ” wedge”. But I repeated my method above for future reference. Also, a small hand towel probably was not nearly enough padding when using only a towel. You need a good chunk of thick terry-cloth bath towel, not something with material like a T-shirt…although I’ve used several T-shirts in a pinch.

The important point is that you learned how good it can sound. Swap in a 58 and you should be good to go.