double bass

photo: Waldemar Kielichowski © Institute of Music and Dance, Warsaw

Excerpt from the film Siła tradycji [The Power of Tradition], produced as part of the project "Muzyczny folklor Podkarpacia - badania terenowe" [The Musical Folklore of Subcarpathia - Field Studies], Franciszek Kotula Ethnographic Museum in Rzeszów, 2014
Local name: basy
Classification: 3 Chordophones / 32 Composite chordophones / 321 Lutes / 321.3 Handle lutes / 321.32 Necked lutes / 321.322 Necked box lutes or necked guitars / 321.322-71 Necked box lutes or necked guitars sounded by bowing with a bow
Maker: Unknown
Date: early 20th century
Owner: Franciszek Kotula Ethnographic Museum in Rzeszów
Inventory number: MRE 6430
Description: modeled on professional double basses (possibly converted from a professional double bass); a carrying strap between the neck and the resonance box; pegbox with tuners; purchased from Wojciech Sowa near Rzeszów in 1975
Measurements: 1820 mm
Materials: wood (fir), metal, plastic, intestine
Sound compass, tuning: in 4th, E1 – A1 – D – G (?)
Performance practice: known as "duże basy", the double bass became popular with folk bands as late as the 20th century; it was played in some of the largest folk bands in the Lesser Poland region (Kraków and Rzeszów areas)
Catalog card by: Zbigniew J. Przerembski

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