Cincinnati bass maker creates unique instrument for international virtuoso

Published On: May 31 2013 07:41:26 AM HST   Updated On: May 31 2013 07:42:55 AM HST

Upright bass virtuoso and composer Adam Ben Ezra could likely have an instrument made for him anywhere in the world.

But this week, Ezra traveled from Tel Aviv, Israel to pick up his a custom-made double bass from Nick Lloyd Basses in Northside.

“It has so much punchy sound like I love and it's very comfortable to hold. I played for two days and it was a very natural connection,” he said. “Most of the basses are 4 strings. I chose to add one more to get higher notes that you don't usually get in the bass.”

For his part, Lloyd first saw Ezra on YouTube, along with 4 million other users, and knew he wanted to work with him.

“This guy is bringing people to the bass,” Lloyd said. “He's bringing this pop sensibility, but then he's a double virtuoso bassist.”

They first talked online, then met in Copenhagen at a convention before they agreed on an idea for Lloyd to build. Lloyd is one of the better known bass crafters in the U.S., so it seemed like a nature fit.

It took Lloyd two months to make the bass.

Ezra took advantage of his visit to the Queen City to take in Findlay Market, some coneys and some entertainment.

“We went to the Cincinnati Reds baseball game. It's the first Reds game that I've been. It was great!” he said.

Ezra heads next to New York for a bass convention where he’ll speak and perform.


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