Contrabass Balalaika

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  2. BarfanyShart


    Sep 19, 2019
    DC Metro
    I remember watching this Russian soap opera with my mother in law when I was visiting the family overseas. Part of the plot happened in a music school, but it's a cheap soap opera so they are using the same big room to film many of the indoor locations. To indicate a scene was happening at the music school, there we would be a double bass and a contra balalaika leaned against the wall behind the actors. Always made me smile.
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  3. ahbradot


    Dec 14, 2019
    Is it considered a J or a P bass? :bassist:
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  4. mellowgerman

    mellowgerman Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2008
    Orlando, FL
    I know there are other recordings but Jack Casady plays his bass balalaika on these two:
    a live Hot Tuna radio performance from 1971

    and this 1971 album by James and the Good Brothers
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  5. blowinblue

    blowinblue Kind of not blue. Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2006
    SoCal USA
    It ain't rock and roll, but I like it. This orchestra just doesn't have a balalaika, it has nearly enough balalaikas to fill a vintage VW bus. Recorded in the Soviet Union in June 1962. Recommended, if you can find a copy.

    Balaliaka Favarites CD.jpg

    M. M.
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  6. seedokebass


    Mar 21, 2009
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