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
Owner: Franciszek Kotula Ethnographic Museum in Rzeszów
Inventory number: MRE 8303
Description: modeled on professional double basses; front plate with numerous cracks, fragmentary purfling; two-piece back plate; plates glued with ribs and reinforced with wooden tacks; pegbox with tuners, four pegs, three strings
Decoration: body coated with dark cherry paint
Materials: wood, metal
Sound compass, tuning: in 5th, D – d – a (?)
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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