The contrabass balalaika, oh yeah!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BrandenSteele, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. BrandenSteele


    Nov 25, 2012
    I am a bass player, but my secondary instrument is the balalaika. I played it long before I played bass. A few years ago I discovered there is a bass version of it tuned EAD. They are amazing, and sexy. It is impossible to describe how amazing the feel is, how they play, the sound until you actually play one for yourself. Also, the 2 main ways of playing is strumming and plucking.

  2. NOVAX


    Feb 7, 2009
    That is totally epic. I am now gassing for one. Thanks.
  3. Darren Low

    Darren Low

    Sep 28, 2012
    That looks wicked! :p
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  5. Hi.

    Cool, an istrument that's more difficult to transport than a DB, but still easier than a B3 :D.

  6. you mofos - you ain't seen nothing!

    here's Blue Bossa on the contra'laika:


    there's actually an even better version, I'll try to find it ...
  7. xUptheIronsx

    xUptheIronsx Conform or Be Cast Out.... Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 6, 2010
    C-ville, Col, Ohio
    THAT is the best bass for metal...
  8. here it is - I love this version - ignore all the talk -

  9. BrandenSteele


    Nov 25, 2012

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    Jan 4, 2002
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    That's nice.

    To the op, what type of strings do you have on yours?
  11. are the three strings really E A D?

    I always assumed they were something else.
  12. Nev375


    Nov 2, 2010
    I always wanted to play a flying Great Pyramid.
  13. Blue_Whistle88

    Blue_Whistle88 Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2010
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Forgive my ignorance, but doesn't that instrument more or less have the worst of both worlds, from a double bass and a bass guitar?
  14. McThumpenstein


    Mar 22, 2012
    I read about these in Bass Player in the 90's. I brought one up to my Russian friend in a conversation and he was floored I actually knew what it was. They're very cool is a way that only Russians can do it.
  15. When the winter olympics were in Vancouver, there was a Russian pavilion. At the time I visited, a wicked Balalaika player was performing. I think I recorded it with my phone. Now I wonder where I saved it. lol
  16. BrandenSteele


    Nov 25, 2012
    Contrabass balalaika strings are pretty hard to find, and are not made in North America. I'm not too picky because of this so I usually order them from Ebay, 3 packs at a time usually.
  17. BrandenSteele


    Nov 25, 2012
    A few months ago I was in a metal band for a while. I used my balalaika and tuned it to DAD and played metal with it. When you play one EVERYONE has their eyes on you, and wants to try it ;)
  18. blowinblue


    Nov 29, 2006
    SoCal USA
    Now you done it! You made me pull out my Mercury recording of the Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra entitled 'Balalaika Favorites'. Recorded in the USSR in June of 1962. What a great record.

    M. M. :)
  19. BrandenSteele


    Nov 25, 2012
    On the topic of balalaikas, you can get good ones off ebay for 100 - 200 dollars. Go get yourself one, comrade!
  20. RED J

    RED J Play what you want how you want & quit arggerin ! Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2000
    Did it come with a hardshell case ? :rolleyes: