I know almost nothing about these instruments, and am having a difficult time finding anything out about them. I figured that since some of you play them, you could help me answer a few questions: I heard that you could string a normal bass piccolo, but that it required you use a different tuning to compensate for scale difference. How would one tune such an instrument? What are some manufacturers of piccolo basses? Could anyone point me to some recordings? Are there special strings for them, or do you just use g**tar strings? Thank you!