Monday, February 16, 2009

Bass piano?

So, a bass guitar is pretty much just like a guitar, strung to play lower notes. Can someone more musically knowledgeable than I am explain why nobody's ever made a bass piano full of really long, thick strings? I would love to see (and hear) a giant bass piano.

UPDATE: My brother-in-law informs me that Bösendorfer does, in fact, make a piano with four extra lower keys.

3 Comments:

At Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at 1:30:00 PM PST, Blogger OtherMichael said...

er... becuase it's already got a bass register?

A guituar usually has 6 or 12 strings.

the piano already has 88.

That's bass, tenor, alto, soprano, and ultra-soprano, I guess.

Looking at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piano_key_frequencies -- it seems that you really can't get frequencies much lower than are already being created (27.5 Hz -- 4186.01), without going infra-sonic.

 
At Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at 1:55:00 PM PST, Blogger Adam Villani said...

it seems that you really can't get frequencies much lower than are already being created (27.5 Hz -- 4186.01), without going infra-sonic

All the more reason to do it!

Actually, I should probably ask my brother-in-law who's writing a PhD thesis on tuning.

 
At Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at 6:09:00 PM PST, Anonymous doafy said...

Remember David Funderburk? He had this awesome dream once that the beastie boys were in his back yard playing a huge instrument they'd strung on a tree trunk. It was called the "space bass." That's what you need to have.

 

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