I just had to stuff this into the forum because I know there are more people that have played one then will admit it. I admit it and recommend it. Find a washtub (15-22 gallon), install a 3/8" eyebolt in the center of it, cut a broomstick to YOUR hieght, slot the bottom of the broomstick so it will catch on the rim of the bottom of the washtub, cut a groove for a piece of clothesline-cord to ride through the top of the broom-handle and secure with a hose clamp, tie the other end to the eyebolt, throw a microphone under the tub and wail. Put your foot opposite the "neck", or broomstick, and get your sounds/notes/tones by pulling the neck towards yourself and moving your fretting hand (glove recommended) up and down the broom handle. Don't knock it until you have tried it. There are people (Tom Richards comes to mind) that are absolute MASTERS of this form of bass. String material can be varied from real gut strings to aircraft cable but the point is find what works for you. I like old piano strings in the low E range but it is hard to find them long enough.