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Russian bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by kserg, Mar 17, 2005.


  1. kserg

    kserg

    Feb 20, 2004
    London, UK
  2. riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight :meh:
     
  3. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!
    Balalaika's are totally fun to play... I think that the last one I jammed on had 3 strings...
     
  4. EricTheEZ1

    EricTheEZ1

    Nov 23, 2004
    Clawson, MI
    What's the point of having a mammoth body that would most likely be impossible to play standing up. And sitting down looks almost impossible to. What's the point?

    Unless it sounds like an MTD or Fodera, I would never be seen playing one.

    -Eric.
     
  5. Johnny Fila

    Johnny Fila Formerly "The Crusader"

    Nov 21, 2004
    Elmont, NY (near NYC)
    made in Russia...that figures..........throw in about 50 bottles of a PREMIUM vodka and I'll consider it.
     
  6. bassthumpa

    bassthumpa

    Aug 31, 2004
    Austin, TX
    What the ham sammich????
     
  7. elros

    elros

    Apr 24, 2004
    Norway
    Proprietor, Helland Musikk Teknologi
    When I see this thing being played, the player usually lets the bottom corner rest on the floor. Like a cross between an upright and a BG.
     
  8. rluk

    rluk

    Nov 4, 2004
    Tallinn, Estonia
    I can't see the picture on the link, but I assume that you're
    talking about the "bass balalaika", a big 3 stringed russian
    instrument.
    Yes it is played one corner on the ground, but not as vertically
    up as upright.
    And no joke, this is a killer sounding instrument actually, in the
    hands on the right player. I've seen "bassists" in rock/folk groups
    play some incredible stuff with it. I would love to get my hands on
    one.
     
  9. kserg

    kserg

    Feb 20, 2004
    London, UK
    I know of 1 band that uses it

    [​IMG]


    Red Elvises are fun to watch.... local band from LA i think..

    http://www.redelvises.com

    post was rmed so that be picture of bass:) i want to try playing one pretty bad:)
     
  10. I'm sorry but that is the most unpractical ugliest bass I have ever seen... lol that could have the best tone,sustain whatever I'd never even try the thing ha,ha,ha
    60's are back!!! Afro! Woooooo!
    Eh, hem,... Sorry
     
  11. FireAarro

    FireAarro

    Aug 8, 2004
    austr-
    Yup. +1 totally. Bliddy cool they are :D
     
  12. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!
    Dang Capt... give me a set of funk-fingers and I'll play one on a cover gig.
     
  13. rluk

    rluk

    Nov 4, 2004
    Tallinn, Estonia
    rofl
    ok this red horrible thing isnt actually what I had in mind :)
    they re acoustic originally :D
    That is why the big body :)

    jeez, I will see nightmares featuring this big red balalaika tonight, I m sure :D
     
  14. rluk

    rluk

    Nov 4, 2004
    Tallinn, Estonia
  15. kserg

    kserg

    Feb 20, 2004
    London, UK
    I still think its the funniest thing i ever seen:) accustic or ellectric:)
     
  16. phxlbrmpf

    phxlbrmpf

    Dec 27, 2002
    Germany
    Cool, I'm sure a bass balalaika would sound awesome for some acoustic sets. What's the tuning like? What's that huge Mexican bass guitar called again, by the way?
     
  17. FireAarro

    FireAarro

    Aug 8, 2004
    austr-
    It's tuned EAD or DAE however you want to see it.

    What matters is that it's the same as our basses! (not counting you funny tuned/sonic youth peoples)

    *major GAS sets in*
     
  18. ricca

    ricca

    Dec 24, 2009
    Reggio Emilia ITALY
    I've got a Contrabass Balalaika!
    Tuned DAE, I use it in my folks gigs.
    Amazing sound
     
  19. Wow, way to resurrect.