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!
Now you all know the electric uprights built by Zeta, right? And you probably know their crossover bass as well…
Some of us think that EUBs need to be played upright. That gives us a cool look and a better sound. Well, have a look at the following video, which shows us a Zeta Crossover being played by Will Karling. Nice playing and a great sound, Will…reminds me a bit of the bass in the recording of Cowboys and Angels by George Michael.
During a major hard drive cleanup session I found this photo of one of the coolest basses ever. It seems to be made of plexiglass and looks as if it’s just not there. Does anyone know who is playing it and who is the manufacturer of this piece of minimalistic art?
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?
On a Dutch Ebay, Speurders, I found this exotic electric double bass. I have never seen this one before. The prize, accessories and the fact that it features an MP3 input point to a Chinese factory, but I could be wrong.
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.