Posted by Rich Laird on December 29, 2000 at 10:08:09:
In Reply to: a new type of instrument posted by Stan Garrison on December 29, 2000 at 00:19:36:
: I've gone and done it! I had seen an old picture of a banjo band from around the turn of the century and they had a huge banjo. Assuming it was for bass, I thought I would try building something like it. I of course overdo everything and I ended up with an instrument that simply amazed me. I put a string bass neck on a 26 inch bass drum and after a year of building and rebuilding I came up with an instrument that has more volume and punch than just about any string bass I've ever seen. It has a nice deep tone and seems to 'define' the notes a little better than the average upright.
: I hooked up with a fellow who has an online music store and he's selling them for me over the net. You can see pictures and hear a sound clip at http://www.stringbassbanjo.com the sound clip is so low it distorts my computer speakers, we're going to work on it to see if there is some way to make it sound better.
: I'm getting together a program to find some players who get out to a lot of festivals and see if I can arrange for the string bass banjo to be shown around the country this coming season. The man who makes OME banjos heard a earlier prototype played next to a new German 4/4 five string bass and remarked that there was no difference in the tone or volume. Which I thought was a great testimonial, considering the source.
: It turns heads wherever I take it. Take a look, it's very different- and interesting.
How does that thing work for thumb position??
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