Tuned as double bass
The contrabass is 7 ft (2lO cm) high overall; yet it has been possible to get the string length well within conventional bass mensure at 43 in. (110 cm) so that a player of moderate height has no trouble playing it except when he reaches into the higher positions near the bridge. For sheer size and weight it is hard to hold through a 10-hr recording session as one bassist did.
Its ease of playing and depth of tone delights all who plays or hears.
Henry Brant commented, "I have waited all my life to hear such sounds from a bass."