After acquiring the techniques of the major builders, it was inevitable that I would delevop my own double bass. Something that is supported by tradition yet offers the new generation of musician the possibility of an excellent performance. In the 21<sup>st</sup> century the qualities of the bass must fit the needs of the musician: shorter scale, longer fingerboards, larger deeper neck protrusion. Repairs and restoration must meet the same requirments. The motter bass offers modern playability, greater tactile response, and a balanced and unique sound character.