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Offline JanustheManus

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Has anyone made a string bass piano?
« on: July 03, 2018, 11:36:26 AM »
After some research (and imagination), I was now intrigued by the Fender Rhodes Piano Bass, as it was a keyboard for producing only bass sounds. The Piano Bass has a very cool tone, but it doesn't sound close enough to a bass guitar for me.

So, and this could be by a long shot, has anyone attempted to make a bass range piano with strings, tuning pegs, grand piano (tear drop) hammer tips and an EQ filter?

If not, I will set out to make a new instrument...

I totally understand that one couldn't pitch bend, slide, slap or whatever bass players normally do to color their playing; but a warm electromechanical bass keyboard seems like OK proposition...

Thoughts?

Thanks!
-Patrick

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Re: Has anyone made a string bass piano?
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2018, 02:48:52 PM »
Warning! Warning! Danger Will Robinson!

You can not build a piano of any size without using a cast iron frame / plate unless you are using clavinet/harpsichord/ guitar gauge strings. (Then the bass wouldn't be low enough anyway)
The tension will cause a wooden frame to implode during tuning if you attempt to do this with actual piano strings.

Do not attempt! Besides,it will just sound like a regular piano anyway even if you could build a metal frame, not a bass guitar.
1960 Wurlitzer model 700 EP
1968 Gibson G101 Combo organ
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1979 Wurlitzer 206A EP
1980 Wurlitzer 200A EP
1980 Wurlitzer 270 Butterfly Grand
2000 Yamaha acoustic piano
2004 Hammond XK3
2009 73A Rhodes Mark 7
2009 Korg SV-1 73
....and a few guitars...

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Re: Has anyone made a string bass piano?
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2018, 02:36:51 AM »
Very true and THANK YOU FOR THE WARNING!!! Will not attempt...

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Re: Has anyone made a string bass piano?
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2018, 06:12:13 AM »
The low notes of a Rhodes through a compressor may be closer to the sound that you are looking for.
Led Zepplin used a different EP (I think an Elpian?) on Stairway to Heaven, that's got a nice bass sound for a keyboard. Similar sound to a Rhodes.
1960 Wurlitzer model 700 EP
1968 Gibson G101 Combo organ
1975 Rhodes Piano Bass
1979 Wurlitzer 206A EP
1980 Wurlitzer 200A EP
1980 Wurlitzer 270 Butterfly Grand
2000 Yamaha acoustic piano
2004 Hammond XK3
2009 73A Rhodes Mark 7
2009 Korg SV-1 73
....and a few guitars...

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Re: Has anyone made a string bass piano?
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2018, 05:45:07 AM »
Very new to all this, but what about the Kawai EPs? Not the biggest bass sound ever but certainly sound piano like and with some EQ could sound fairly deep?

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Re: Has anyone made a string bass piano?
« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2018, 06:14:23 AM »
Yes but I think the O.P. wants it to sound more like a bass guitar, not a piano.
1960 Wurlitzer model 700 EP
1968 Gibson G101 Combo organ
1975 Rhodes Piano Bass
1979 Wurlitzer 206A EP
1980 Wurlitzer 200A EP
1980 Wurlitzer 270 Butterfly Grand
2000 Yamaha acoustic piano
2004 Hammond XK3
2009 73A Rhodes Mark 7
2009 Korg SV-1 73
....and a few guitars...