Contrabass Balalaika

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  1. bfields


    Apr 9, 2015
    Ann Arbor, MI
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  2. Jazz Ad

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  3. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    Maybe it’s a floating bridge and can be positioned further away from the sound hole?
  4. skygzr


    Feb 23, 2015
    Southeast US
    I don’t see any tort.
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  5. GretschWretch

    GretschWretch Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2013
    East Central Alabama
    If it's fretted and intonated where it is, moving the bridge is just going to throw off the intonation.

    You've got a bassoguitar, don't you? Try this: plonk the open strings with the bridge in its standard place. Then move the bridge up as far as you can toward the soundhole. My hunch is that with all that additional afterlength, the instrument will sound "bassier."
  6. pfschim

    pfschim Just a Skeleton with a Jazz bass

    Apr 26, 2006
    SF Bay Area
    wouldn't that be tortski in this case товарищ? :laugh:
  7. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    No , don’t. I think @mikeoso might?

    I only mentioned about the floating bridge as the other basses in the vids submitted in this thread all show the bridge further away from the sound hole.
  8. ficelles


    Feb 28, 2010
    Devon, England
    It looks like there's some variation in neck length between the photos though, the first joins the body at fret 13 but others look longer... the one Turid is playing looks like it joins at fret 15.
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  9. ardgedee


    May 13, 2018
    $15 shipping!
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  10. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    For contrabass balalaika Katzenjammer rules!

  11. ficelles


    Feb 28, 2010
    Devon, England
    And for everything else :)
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  12. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    They might not all be the same?
    Balalaika - Wikipedia
  13. ficelles


    Feb 28, 2010
    Devon, England
    Here's mine... used to be a 6-string mandolin balalaika but I decided 8 was better as then it could become a mandola. Anyone with luthiery experience would probably have asked themselves if a neck without a truss rod would take a mandola steel string set and of course it won't, so it's a weird hybrid of light gauge octave and unison pairs.

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  14. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    Agree. I really enjoy that band. :thumbsup:
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  15. I was just going to post that very interview from Fly Guitars :)
  16. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Would totally dig one but I'm a banjo player now.

  17. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    That's mine:


    Close enough? :cigar:
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  18. Steve-Mo

    Steve-Mo Supporting Member

    Oct 25, 2010
    Western NY
    Too funny. I'm not very cultured and just yesterday I snapped this picture for ID purposes & discovered these instruments and more.

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  19. Real Soon

    Real Soon

    Aug 15, 2013
    Atlanta, GA
    This excites me.
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