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Does any one 8 string basses?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Adam Bartram, Jun 9, 2001.

  1. Adam Bartram

    Adam Bartram

    May 31, 2001
    London, UK
    I'm asking about 8 string basses, where the strings are in octave pairs?

    I play one as I often play with a violinist, and there appears to be too many octaves between us when I use 4/5/6 string basses.
  2. I have a 12 but no 8
  3. I have an 8 but no 12.
  4. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    I got six fours, R/A high :p

    I'm curious to know what constitutes a "set" of strings...
    the "usual" ~40 somethin' to ~100 somethin', and then what?
  5. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    i do, but it's 8 individual strings, not 4 pairs.
  6. jbass27


    May 4, 2001
    St. Louis, MO
    I don't own any 8 or 12's, but the Deans seem pretty cool for the money.

    The strings are like 40-100 the octaves are like 20-40.
  7. I haven't played my 12 in a little bit. It is a 4 with 2 octaves for each string. Thing takes about 2 weeks of playing to get into the groove of the fat neck.

    I played it when I was with this band and really needed to cut through the mix. Real cool tone.

    The band had:
    Twelve drummers drumming
    Eleven pipers piping
    Eight maids a-milking
    Four calling birds
    Three French hens
    Two turtle doves

    We did mostly Zappa tunes, the birds sang very nice, but the Cows mooing while getting milked really filled out the low end more than my normal 4 could compete with. So I got the 12 and there was peace. I was a nice gig and I was happy that I didn't have to clean up after the show.
  8. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    I bet! Especially after that parade incident...
    marchin' along with a double-bell Hoosa-phone
    behind Beantown's finest on horseback :p .

    So. Is it true? Did all them critters "steal the show"
    or were they union? ;)
  9. The birds were close to being the favorites because who doesn't like a song bird, the cows were union of course friggin stuck up bassturds.
    But what really brought the people back were the maids sitting on the stools milking the cows. Oh La La. The St. Paulie Girl had nothing on them.

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