February 2019
Heiko Hoepfinger

Heiko Hoepfinger

Heiko Hoepfinger is a German physicist and long-time bassist, classical guitarist, and motorcycle enthusiast. His work on fuel cells for the European orbital glider Hermes led him to form BassLab (basslab.de)—a manufacturer of monocoque guitars and basses.

ARTICLES

Bass Bench: Nickel Attack

January 31, 2019
Our instruments pack a lot of this alloy, which can cause allergic reactions in some platers. Do you get mysterious rashes?
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Bass Bench: Diving into Lutherie

January 2, 2019
What does it take to make a living building basses?
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Bass Bench: Marketing Madness

December 7, 2018
People want to sell the gear they make—that’s A-OK. But how far will some stretch the truth to make the sale?
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Bass Bench: Oil, Shellac, Nitro, Polyester, and Urethane: What Gives?

November 9, 2018
Let’s put the marketing hype aside and look at the basic properties of instrument finishes.
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Bass Bench: The World of Finishes

October 12, 2018
Wood requires protection—especially from moisture—and there are many ways to get the job done.
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Bass Bench: The Inherent Limitations of Acoustic Bass Guitar

September 7, 2018
In terms of unamplified volume, can low-enders ever compete with their flattop-wielding cohorts?
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Bass Bench: Psycho Tricks of the Low End

July 29, 2018
Sometimes we bassists can’t crank up enough to experience our fundamentals in all their glory. But wait—there is a simple solution.
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Bass Bench: MIDI Sensing on Steroids

July 1, 2018
No doubt you’ve heard the saying “many hands make light work.” It turns out this also applies to MIDI bass.
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Bass Bench: The Pros and Cons of Pitch-to-MIDI Technologies

June 8, 2018
Eager to explore electronic music with your bass? Here are the trade-offs you’ll encounter.
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Bass Bench: The Evolution of MIDI Bass

May 4, 2018
Can low-enders create lush orchestrations all by themselves?
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Bass Bench: Chasing Grounding Gremlins

March 23, 2018
If you hope to eliminate noise and hum from your bass, here are the important things to consider.
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Bass Bench: Dead Strings ... Revive or Replace?

February 23, 2018
Learn how to reclaim “new string tone”—at least temporarily.
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Bass Bench: The Mystery of Aging Strings

February 11, 2018
What causes our strings to lose their upper frequencies over time?
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Bass Bench: Digital Denial

December 22, 2017
They say variety is the spice of life. But how does this apply to musicians?
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Bass Bench: Power to the Bass Peeps!

December 1, 2017
Why do bassists need so much wattage to be heard?
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Bass Bench: Pondering the Cabinet Conundrum

November 14, 2017
Should bassists pay more attention to the humble speaker enclosure?
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Bass Bench: Horror Stories from the Repair Shop

October 6, 2017
Sometimes it makes sense to acknowledge your limitations.
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Bass Bench: The Evolution of Bass Versus Guitar

August 22, 2017
Are bassists more open-minded than their 6-string compadres?
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Bass Bench: Tone, Tops, and Trends

July 28, 2017
Ah, nothing beats the sound of highly figured wood. Maybe.
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Bass Bench: The Local Tonewood Challenge

June 23, 2017
Can you hear the difference between instruments made from either tropical or non-tropical woods?
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