from Matthew Garrison Februar 2000:
I just wanted to thank you tremendously for the instrument.
It sounded cool the couple of times I tried it with your assistance
(at NAMM-Show) but it sounds INCREDIBLE in recordings!!! I will
definitely use this instrument on my recording as well as in
live performance. It has rekindled my interest in upright technique
as well as bowing.
Who would have known? We should do as much publicity as necessary
to get people to know about this bass. It's fantastic!!! Let
me know what you'd like to do. Take care and thanks again man.
from Matthew Garrison July 2004
is going very well. I'm about to release my 2 newest projects.
One a live CD+DVD and my next studio project entitled SHAPESHIFTER.The
latter features your instrument on several tracks. Of course
I'll be talking up your instrument in upcoming reviews/interviews.
about a mention on your site that this new material will be
available shortly? By mid August.
let's keep in touch man and try to spread the news about our
have the cover of the Dec 2004 Bass Player mag USA. That issue
should be available at the NAMM 2005.
Do you want to put a little ad in that issue? Could be a good
opportunity to spread the news...
from the article " The Vektor Upright Bass " by Diana
Gannett published in the New-Products department of "ISB
Bassworld" issue volume 24 spring 2001 :
a classical player, I never thought I'd have much use for an
EUB. However, when I was exploring the vendor exhibits at the
1999 ISB convention in Iowa City, I had the opportunity to try
several different models. I was confronted with a wealth of
shapes and styles. There were hollow bodies, solid bodies, wood
or synthetic material. All of them piqued my curiosity and had
interesting features, but one in particular caught me - a Vektor
built by Sven-Henrik Gawron of Germany and displayed by Dan
Lenard of Luthiers Access Group (www.luthiersaccess.com) . This
instrument had a solid maple body, with an ebony fingerboard.
It was a "stick" model with an added saddle. The stringlength
(41,5 inches) happened to be identical to my acoustic bass,
and its bowed sound was quite satisfying - even when played
without amplification. I didn't seriously consider buying it
until some months later, when I was preparing for a 3-week trip
to Australia, and dreading the hassle of flying with the bass
in a trunk. The trip was too long a stretch of time to go without
practicing for upcoming commitments, and visions of the Vektor
- small, light, maneuverable - sold me.
a delight! Of course, the days are gone when you can travel
with your instrument in a soft case as carry-on luggage. Still
the Vektor was easy to transport. Jim Reck of Reck Violin Shop
helped me by making a hard case out of a section of sewer pipes.
(beautifully designed, hard travel cases are available from
Vektor for a few hundred dollars.) Besides being cost effective,
this case was light, yet strong enough to suffer luggage handling
without fear of damage - plus it was a good conversation starter
in airports! I didn't even need to bring an amp. The sound was
clear and appealing, though soft. This meant I could practice
in my appartment at any time, without disturbing the neighbours.
was having a lot of fun playing my EUB, and was eager to share
it. It just happened that the theme for Richard Davis's Spring
2000 Young Bassisit Conference was technology in music. As a
part of my contribution to the event, I performed Bruch's Kol
Nidrei on the Vektor with the string accompaniment supplied
by a ZR76 Ensoniq Sythesizer."
by Ollie Collins / Manchester GB May 2003:
you for your email, you are right to prompt a response out of
got my credit card bill this morning!
can I say...........the Vektor bass is everything and much more
than I expected. I've done 12 gigs and 3 recording sessions
on it so far and I am very happy, the sound, look and feel of
this is beautiful (great set
up-too). Truly inspiring to play. As I am principally an electric
player, I have always had a few negative issues associated "steam
bass" mainly stamina and the resentful lugging around of
the beast. The Vektor is light and well balanced (took me just
10 minutes to feel accustomed to the body support) and projects
evenly with minimal right hand effort.
am currently working with UK artist - Holly Lerski (Sanctuary
Records) We have started promo work for her new album out in
June. I had a rehearsal the week after I got the bass, and it
sounded amazing through my SWR SM400s and Goliath Speaker Cabinet
(same setting as for my Fender Jazz thankfully ). Holly always
wanted to work with double bass, but with the volume of guitar
music it was impossible to be loud enough with out feedback
-No problem with the Vektor -A winner every time!
Holly's Album originally she only featured the double bass on
two tracks, now live, I play half the set on the Vektor - she
I've had lots of people commenting after gigs on how good "that"
bass sounds......I only hope I can get some of the credit with
my playing! ha! Lets hope that I can be the Vektor ambassador
for England! I am looking to play it at every gig and recording
opportunity. I am now feeling sorry for my acoustic bass, I've
not touched it since.
up the good work Sven
I'll keep in touch and send you my self titled CD
from Jacob William / Boston USA Maiy 2003:
"Sven, how are you?
I just thought you'll be happy to know that my "V"
baby made its on stage debut when I played with (grammy nominee!)
Omar Sosa, last month. Whoever heard it and saw it were totally
wowed. I must say this bass is dangerous--it's so easy to play
and so responsive that you can easily
loose focus with regards to technique and get carried away--like
in a dream. I am enjoying. Will keep you informed. Hope all's