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Very old guitar shaped bass in 1957 Fellini film

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by Steve Swan, Jun 18, 2012.

  1. Steve Swan

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    Channel flipping on cable TV tonight, I found the 1957 Fellini film, "Nights of Cabiria". In the club mambo scene, the bass player in the band is using a very small and ancient looking cornerless, or "guitar shaped" bass. Can anyone identify an era or possible maker for this cool little bass?
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  3. longfinger

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    If anyone wants to see this clip, click the below link...

  4. chuck3

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    Meazzi Meteor?

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  5. chuck3

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    oh, more like an upright. A Wandre Ovalbasso?

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  6. chuck3

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    another look ...

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  7. iiipopes

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    It looks like a Spanish cornerless bass. Ken Smith on his website/forum has several threads that talk about these basses.
  8. Steve Swan

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    It's looking like an ancient 3 string bass. Thanks for the youtube clip links!
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    [​IMG]

    That's what it is. I also have a few back issues of Double Bassist magazine that picture these types of basses.

    - Steve
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    Uppity little bieyotch, but "Boy. What a mambo!" :D

    When I saw the bass it reminded me of countless artistic impressions of a bass I've seen on things ranging from fabric prints to cocktail napkins. It's as though every designer looking for a stylized bass design to draw as a part of an illustration watched this very scene.

    iJazz - Then again, it is Fellini. Of course those drug-taking artists of the early 60's saw this film. :bag:
  11. Violen

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    Bass like that?

    enjoy the music.
  12. Feral Feline

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    Grazie for the Fellini and Bocini!

    Lurvs me sum cornerless basses, and I'm a Wandre fan too!
  13. Steve Swan

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    One of the most mind-blowing bass experiences that I've had was briefly playing an old 5/8 cornerless bass at World of Strings in Long Beach several years ago. It was sent over by a touring european player who used the shop as a storage home base for a series of U.S. engagements. Jon was kind enough to let me check it out for a few minutes. He has had a great many top notch instruments in for repair over the years.
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    There's an ad on the ISB classified page for an Italian cornerless. $120K.
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    nice playing and great sound. cool basses too :eyebrow::smug:
  16. gerry grable

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    Thanks for the link. I'd never heard of the Inokuchi brand and was surprised to learn that there are so many cornerless violin-family instruments available.
    It really makes sense when you think about it. Who needs corners? So... they may be a little hard to pick up after you've laid them down. But that's a small price to pay for a rounder tone :bag:
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