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Bass Cellos

Discussion in 'Electric Upright Basses (EUB's) [DB]' started by bdengler, Aug 26, 2005.


  1. bdengler

    bdengler

    Jan 23, 2000
    New Albany, Ohio
    Is anyone aware of any other types of electric "bass cellos", other than the NS Design version or the Jensen model, in which it's basically a "bass" instrument tuned in 5ths?

    Thanks, Brian
     
  2. Francois Blais

    Francois Blais Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    Québec, Canada
  3. mikjans

    mikjans

    Dec 17, 2003
    Uppsala, Sweden
    Hard to say what makes the difference between a cellobass and a shortscale EUB (34" or shorter). You have the Kydd Bass (30"), Gougi in France who makes the Jannick Top model (34"), the Vektor Bassett (36"). What about the Zeta Crossover (34"), the BSX Flip (34"), the very short Clevinger Paquito (23 1/4 "), Conklin MEU (34") etc etc.

    You tell me...
     
  4. bdengler

    bdengler

    Jan 23, 2000
    New Albany, Ohio
    I believe the Kydd basses and Zeta Crossover are meant to be tuned in 4ths. I was more interested in the instruments like Jensen's and the NS Design that can be tuned in 5ths.

    Brian
     
  5. mikjans

    mikjans

    Dec 17, 2003
    Uppsala, Sweden
    True, however any instrument can be tuned in 4ths, 5ths or whatever. Red Mitchell tuned his URB in 5ths (like a cello 8va basso). Michael Manring tunes his bass guitars in umpteen different ways.

    But if you´re after cello fingering on an instrument tuned like a bass, I think the Jensen Cellobass is worth checking out, since it has a 69.5 or 77 cm scale. Eric Jensen is also a nice person.

    Maybe an electric cello could be tuned like a bass, with the right strings. I know that Martin Clevinger occasionally converted his electric celli to short scale EUBs.

    Mikael
     
  6. bdengler

    bdengler

    Jan 23, 2000
    New Albany, Ohio
    Mikael, thank you for the good ideas.

    Brian