This is my main bass, a Daniel Hachez "Solo Model." I got it from the family of the late Charles Barr during it's birth year. I use three
"solo tuning" strings (one whole-step higher than normal tuning strings)
for my high three strings, and one "orchestral tuning" string (normal
tuning) for my bottom string. From highest to lowest they are: Pirastro
Permanent Solo A, Pirastro Permanent Solo E, Spirocore Solo B, and
Spirocore Long C. They are all medium gauge. I use cello or violin
rosin for these strings. I like to graduate the string height,
something like 6mm, 7mm, 8mm, 9mm from the I to the IV string.
I use a Fishman Full Circle Pickup on my basses, and an Audio-Technica
ATM350 clip-on microphone with a custom clip by Dave Sinko.
This is all subject to change.
The Hachez and my removable-neck Shen both have a C-extension (to make
the bottom string go longer and lower: from a low E to a low C). I
highly recommend closers on C-extensions over machines or just an E
closer. I use all the closers on a pretty regular basis. Extensions
can be finicky to an unacceptable degree, depending on how you use them.
There are some good ones out on the market, some not so good.
Shen SB180 Removable-Neck
I got this bass from Arnold Schnitzer when the "Who's Feeling Young Now?" tour began. It's a hybrid instrument (laminate back and sides, carved top) made by Shen Musical Instruments. For the price, they sound really good and hold up well. Arnold converted this bass to a removable-neck instrument, and it's worked really well for me with a David Gage removable-neck flight case. It takes me about 15 minutes to put it together and less to break it down. The way we traveled on the WFYN? tour would not have been possible without this thing. More info with the next picture...
One bolt holds the neck in place, and it's the same every time. I make any adjustments with the adjusters on my bridge (using the Full Circle Pickup by Fishman), which I find completely necessary anyway for my uses. For instance, when the backstage environment is much different than the stage environment (at festivals or some rock clubs), the string height can change a lot in the first 15 minutes on stage. By adjusting the bridge in that moment, I can quickly correct the string height and get the tuning of all the strings closer to accurate with a few small turns.
Reid Hudson Bow
This is the bow I use with my solo-tuned basses. It's pretty light and has a nice tone. It's an old one made by Reid Hudson, who is a modern maker. I use any violin or cello rosin on it (Bernadel cello right now), white hair, and a thin rubber tube cut short for the grip.
1940 Kay M1W
I have a set of PIrastro Carlos Henriquez Chorda gut strings on this one. It's new to me and I'm really liking playing it.