Re: Piccolo Bass

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Posted by François Blais on August 18, 2000 at 19:49:49:

In Reply to: Piccolo Bass posted by Al on August 18, 2000 at 12:41:49:

: I read that Ron Carter introduced the Piccolo bass. What size is it? What the
: tuning? Is it the same size as a cello? Would it be alright to use a 4/4 size
: cello as a Piccolo Bass? Where can I buy a Piccolo bass?? - Al

A piccolo bass is tuned an octave higher than a bass, so a major third above the cello, but in fourths.
So I guess using a full size cello would be fine.
I don't know but maybe Ron was using a 1/4 size bass?
The problem would be to find strings for your cello-bass!
You could use a thin cello C4, or a thick cello G3 for the E4.
A thin G3 for the A3.
A regular D2.
A thick a1 for the G1.

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