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Very old guitar shaped bass in 1957 Fellini film

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by Steve Swan, Jun 18, 2012.

  1. Steve Swan

    Steve Swan

    Oct 12, 2004
    Burlingame, California
    Retailer: Shen, Sun, older European
    Channel flipping on cable TV tonight, I found the 1957 Fellini film, "Nights of Cabiria". In the club mambo scene, the bass player in the band is using a very small and ancient looking cornerless, or "guitar shaped" bass. Can anyone identify an era or possible maker for this cool little bass?
  2. EKO?

  3. If anyone wants to see this clip, click the below link...

  4. Meazzi Meteor?

  5. oh, more like an upright. A Wandre Ovalbasso?

  6. another look ...

  7. iiipopes


    May 4, 2009
    It looks like a Spanish cornerless bass. Ken Smith on his website/forum has several threads that talk about these basses.
  8. Steve Swan

    Steve Swan

    Oct 12, 2004
    Burlingame, California
    Retailer: Shen, Sun, older European
    It's looking like an ancient 3 string bass. Thanks for the youtube clip links!
  9. Steve Boisen

    Steve Boisen Supporting Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Tampa Bay, FL

    That's what it is. I also have a few back issues of Double Bassist magazine that picture these types of basses.

    - Steve
  10. iJazz


    Jan 9, 2012
    Sussex, WI
    Uppity little bieyotch, but "Boy. What a mambo!" :D

    When I saw the bass it reminded me of countless artistic impressions of a bass I've seen on things ranging from fabric prints to cocktail napkins. It's as though every designer looking for a stylized bass design to draw as a part of an illustration watched this very scene.

    iJazz - Then again, it is Fellini. Of course those drug-taking artists of the early 60's saw this film. :bag:
  11. Violen

    Violen Instructor in the Vance/Rabbath Method Banned

    Apr 19, 2004
    Kansas City Metro Area
    Endorsing Artist: Conklin Guitars (Basses)

    Bass like that?

    enjoy the music.
  12. Grazie for the Fellini and Bocini!

    Lurvs me sum cornerless basses, and I'm a Wandre fan too!
  13. Steve Swan

    Steve Swan

    Oct 12, 2004
    Burlingame, California
    Retailer: Shen, Sun, older European
    One of the most mind-blowing bass experiences that I've had was briefly playing an old 5/8 cornerless bass at World of Strings in Long Beach several years ago. It was sent over by a touring european player who used the shop as a storage home base for a series of U.S. engagements. Jon was kind enough to let me check it out for a few minutes. He has had a great many top notch instruments in for repair over the years.
  14. There's an ad on the ISB classified page for an Italian cornerless. $120K.
  15. groooooove

    groooooove Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    nice playing and great sound. cool basses too :eyebrow::smug:
  16. gerry grable

    gerry grable Supporting Member

    Nov 9, 2010
    Thanks for the link. I'd never heard of the Inokuchi brand and was surprised to learn that there are so many cornerless violin-family instruments available.
    It really makes sense when you think about it. Who needs corners? So... they may be a little hard to pick up after you've laid them down. But that's a small price to pay for a rounder tone :bag:
  17. billyfalconer

    billyfalconer Supporting Member

    Aug 9, 2006
    Buda (Austin) TX, USA
    Der ist no bier in heaven
    In heaven der ist no bier