Octobass – double bass but one octave lower!

Recently I was listening to some music in my studio and suddenly I saw this video of an Octobass. My studio monitors are equipped with a subwoofer for the ultimate low end auditioning and can you imagine what a double bass sounds like if it’s tuned AN OCTAVE BELOW the regular tuning? Well, obviously, you could use a bigger body and a longer string length, which is the Octobass. And you need a subwoofer or headphones to fully enjoy this video!

Here’s a video of someone with an electric upright emulating an octobass, that’s awesome p76slug…note that he’s playing with a double bow!

Van Zalinge Bass

At the Speurders (kind of Ebay) website, there is a Van Zalinge Bass for sale. A rare find: the Dutch bass luthier Henk van Zalinge built 264 basses in the early eighties. If you buy this one, you know there is only a maximum of 263 copies in the world! And Sting probably still owns at least one of them, unless he decided to get rid of his copy. (owww…that Mickey Mouse T-shirt…)

The prize of these basses currently is relatively high (for 3500 euros you can buy a decent handmade new bass), but nostalgia often has its prize…

Or you could try to build one yourself, like Eric Borst of Eribo Violins did.

I “borrowed” the photos of the ad, before the bass is sold and the images removed from the Speurders site:

Speaking of Van Zalinge Basses, have a look at this old video of Jo Didderen playing his Van Zalinge. (More nostalgia for the Nederlanders: yes, that’s the good old television show “Reiziger in Muziek”…).

Any opinions on the Van Zalinge? Any pointers to information, sounds or videos?

Feature: Sendel Baby Bass

Fernando Garcia from Colombia sent me the following picture of one of his baby basses with the following all-caps message:

HI I AM FERNANDO GARCIA FRONT COLOMBIA I MAKE BABY BASS AND MY COMPANY IS SENDELINSTRUMENTS I WHANT TO BE IN YOUR WEB SITE THIS IS A PICTURE A BABY BASS

Sendel Intruments
Sendel Intruments

Well, that is a cool bass. It looks left-handed to me, but I could be mistaken.

You can find more on babybasssendel.com. Beware, the sound design of the website can really scare the hell out of you…

Feature: The Dutch Dieges

Rogier Dieges contacted me and sent me some photos of the Dieges EUB. This is a semi-acoustic solid body bass and – as far as I can see – a very well-crafted instrument. Currently, there is one model with different types of hardware. Pickup is a Fishman Full Circle Double Bass Pickup.
More at the Dieges Website.