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Bass storm troopers

Photo by Steve Johnson

Big thanks go out to all who came for the bass love in Fort Collins, Colorado. We’ll be posting pictures and more stories soon.  Mark your calendars now for ISB2017 at Ithaca College, June 5-10, 2017.

Track Ivory Legislation

Obstacles for traveling bassists aren’t just limited to issues with the airlines or TSA’s bass packing skills.  We also need to watch out for the ivory that might be in our bows.  (Remember what happened to Christian McBride in 2014!) Luthiers and touring... read more

Meet Morten Ramsbøl: Jazz Freelancer and Educator

When Wayne Darling retired a few years ago from his position at the University School of Music in Graz, Austria, there was a worldwide search for his replacement.    The man they found for the job was Morten Ramsbøl from Denmark.  Besides his successful bass studio in... read more

Whether you are a professional or amateur, a luthier or a composer, collector or gearhead, or perhaps simply a listener who enjoys very low frequencies, there is a place in the ISB for you to share your double bass love!

Joel Quarrington

Principal Bassist, London Symphony Orchestra

As a teenager, I was lucky enough to learn that bassists have a unique and supportive bond with each other that is not shared by players of any other instrument. The ISB is the lead organization we have that keeps this family connected throughout the world.

John Clayton

It seems as if I’ve been a member of the ISB since the first blues line was played! It was a great choice of notes, as good a choice as joining this Society. I’ve met some fantastic people along the way, played on some fantastic instruments, new and old, and heard some fantastic performances. When you join, you’ll be sharing these things with me.

Ron Carter

Once you’ve been bitten by the bass bug, the ISB has got to be one of the primary sources for nurturing your love and enthusiasm for what the bass represents in your life.

Gary Karr

ISB Founder


Being a member means gaining access to the amazing bassists that you know and love and meeting new friends for life. Plus, you get Bass World 3 times a year and a lot of other cool stuff!
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