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 bass for small hands
Author: EaubeauHorn 
Date:   2019-01-10 23:00

Are there basses that are easier to reach for small people? Size 6 ladies' gloves.

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 Re: bass for small hands
Author: jdbassplayer 
Date:   2019-01-11 03:13

Your best bet would probably be a Selmer 37 or 67 Privilege. Unlike other brands the touch pieces are very close together on newer Selmers and are even adjustable so you can set it up exactly how you like it. If you have the cash the Privilege is an amazing instrument.


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 Re: bass for small hands
Author: Mojo 
Date:   2019-01-11 18:28

I have a 1st gen Kessler. I extended a couple of keys on it for my med-short fingers using epoxy putty.
Mojo Mouthpiece Work LLC

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 Re: bass for small hands
Author: JEG 2017
Date:   2019-01-14 03:06

Something to consider - are your hands parallel to the body of the instrument?

I play bass clarinet and used to play baritone saxophone. My hands are on the small side but I don't have problems with my unmodified Selmer 33. On the other hand (pun intended), I had a friend in the 1970s who was quite a few inches taller than I and had larger hands who told me about having his pinky finger keys on his bass extended so that he could reach them more easily.

A couple of years ago my sister (amateur musician) was complaining that she could not reach the holes on her tenor recorder. I showed her how to reach them by holding her hands parallel to the instrument.

As beginners we tend to move the lower portion of our hands away from the instrument in an effort to hold it more easily. As we strengthen them we should be able to bring that part of the hands closer.

Not having seen your situation I can't say for sure that my suggestion will help, but it might be worth looking into.

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 Re: bass for small hands
Author: EaubeauHorn 
Date:   2019-01-16 23:09

Thanks for the feedback. I only tried one once and don't remember what it was. My hands are pretty flexible and I'm sure I would have tried various positioning to see what worked. It was an arm length problem too, IIRC. I didn't want to play with one shoulder dropped and my body twisted, which would lead eventually to physical disaster.

I had the same problem with my very fine English horn; couldn't reach the right hand pinky keys. I even had a custom bocal made for it that had extra curve in it, to bring the instrument closer to my body so the reach was less. But I eventually sold it to someone who played it a whole lot better than I did, and remained happy with that decision.

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