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    Default Is there a mandolin equivelent out there?

    The Octobass.

    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Good lord, I hope not.
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    It would probably lend itself to the mandolin bass, at least it wouldn't be bowed
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    Quote Originally Posted by DHopkins View Post
    Good lord, I hope not.
    The best part of that video was the nice high-pitched cello playing in the background.

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    Some body has to do the um-pa Bass parts..
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    As a man who paid off his mortgage playing upright bass, I'm afraid that video will give me nightmares tonight.

    Methinks that Mssr. Vuilluame might have had something extra in his wine when he conceived that thing. If he built 3 of them, he must have had a whole barrel of "Vin avec Champignons."

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    Here you go!
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    Default Re: Is there a mandolin equivelent out there?

    Not even close

    This is closer but it's not even close.

    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Those are some straight up Stanley Kubrick noises right there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcc56 View Post
    As a man who paid off his mortgage playing upright bass, I'm afraid that video will give me nightmares tonight.

    Methinks that Mssr. Vuilluame might have had something extra in his wine when he conceived that thing. If he built 3 of them, he must have had a whole barrel of "Vin avec Champignons."
    Well... if he had that much to drink, including the champignons, which I assume you thought were akin to a DMT experience, maybe that would explain why his name went from Mr. Wuillaume to "Mssr. Vuilluame"

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    If the lowest “C” is below the threshold of human hearing, how do you tune the thing?

    I suppose I also ought to ask if it would fit in an overhead locker!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    The Octobass.

    Holy Octo ! What type a vehicle would you need to haul that around ? Changing strings ? Wow !
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    Quote Originally Posted by yankees1 View Post
    Holy Octo ! What type a vehicle would you need to haul that around ? Changing strings ? Wow !
    Maybe they should be thought of as cables or ropes, not strings!
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    It sure did get my cats' attention, and they didn't know what to think of it. They may have thought the tablet was purring, I'm not sure. Normally they pay no attention to sounds coming from the tablet even though they like music played live, but this thing really caught their interest.
    Purr more, hiss less.

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    For a mando bass to be this size it would have to be about 6 or 7 times larger.
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    There's this old gem.

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    I forgot about that Mandolin Store sign. I'm not sure it's deep enough but close
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    I had the opportunity last spring to see and hear the other working one (Montreal Symphony playing Brahms).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Dodson View Post
    Those are some straight up Stanley Kubrick noises right there.
    Hans Zimmer actually recorded a bunch of samples of an Octobass in order to incorporate them into his compositions.

    As a bass player though I have experimented with some low tunings before. I had one of my 6 strings strung up with a F0 for a while. It doesn't serve much practical purpose, but it's an interesting effect, something that's more felt than heard. Took a .200 string for it to have a decent tension and tone to it.

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    Here's a full length portrait of the OB I took when I visited the MIM in Phoenix. If you are ever in Phoenix do not ass up going to this museum. Really fun. When I visited this was in the lobby and one of the first things you see. As you can see this barely clears the ceiling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Eschliman View Post
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    There are those who wish mine already did that.
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    I've been told I play better by far.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Never thought about putting strings on a VA Beetle!

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