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Bass Things

Notable Bassist Interviews

Joseph Conyers

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Assistant Principal, Philadelphia Orchestra

Primary Styles: Classical, Solo

Favorite Bass Things: Joe Conyers Orchestra Strings, Pop's Rosin, Kolstein Soft Rosin, Kolstein All-Weather Rosin, Nyman Rosin

"I feel like I would be a really, really great musician if I didn’t actually have to play my instrument, because my instrument is my Achilles’ heel."


Blake Hinson

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Bassist, New York Philharmonic

Primary Styles: Classical, Solo

Favorite Bass Things: Blake Hinson Orchestra Strings, Pop's Rosin, Solid Rubber Bass Wheel

"As a professional musician, you're delivering a product. My product is my music. It doesn't have to make people happy; it doesn't have to make them sad. It just has to evoke something."


Ranaan Meyer

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Composer and Bassist, Time for Three

Primary Styles: Jazz, Classical, Solo, Other

Favorite Bass Things: Thomastik Spirocore (light) Strings, Pop's Rosin, David Gage Carbon-Fiber Trunk

"Some people [play music] because they have to, or they feel they have to. Other people do it because they feel it defines them. But for me, it’s not a choice. Music is in my blood. It’s who I am."


Peter Paulsen

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Jazz Composer and Bassist | Bass Instructor, West Chester University | Section Bass, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra

Primary Styles: Jazz, Classical

Favorite Bass Things: Pirastro Passione Strings, Pirastro Obligato Strings, Pirastro Evah Pirazzi Strings, Thomastik Spriocore (light) Strings, Pop's Rosin, Kolstein Soft Rosin, Oak Rosin

"Some people [play music] because they have to, or they feel they have to. Other people do it because they feel it defines them. But for me, it’s not a choice. Music is in my blood. It’s who I am."


Hal Robison

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Principal Bass, Philadelphia Orchestra

Primary Styles: Classical, Solo, Jazz

Favorite Bass Things: Thomastic Spirocore Strings, Priastro Original Flexocor Strings, D'Addario Helicore Arco Strings, Jargar Strings, Pop's Rosin

"Some people [play music] because they have to, or they feel they have to. Other people do it because they feel it defines them. But for me, it’s not a choice. Music is in my blood. It’s who I am."