• Few days ago I started thinking about how I could re-purpose the keyboard of the dismantled piano I keep in the garden,  so I thought to build a new instrument by combining it with some other parts I had laying around.
    I ended up with this mechanical hybrid thing I thought to call "Bassoforte" (bass + pianoforte).

    The neck is from a broken electric bass, as a bridge I used a cabinet handle, the pickups are from a guitar, and the part
    at the top where the strings are attached is a chimney cap, which works as resonator as well as percussive sound.

    The track I created is a tribute to my Dad who is a big fan of Western comic books and "spaghetti western" films,
    and because of him I am too.

    Below you can see the video and pictures with more detailed descriptions.
    I hope you'll like it.
  •         Video
  •         Pictures
  •         This was taken was I was still figuring out how to build it.
  •         Detail of the chimney cap. Every note played on the strings makes it resonate.
  •         Here I was playing the Bassoforte with a double bass bow.
  •         I installed the guitar pickups so I could play acoustic and electric sounds.
  •         A screenshot of Amplitube 3, the amp modeling software I used to amp the bass line and the distorted sound.
  •         Here you can see how the keys/strings action works.

            The neck is slightly tilted so when I press a key I can push all four strings at the same time. but because the
            piano keys are not perpendicular to the frets the tuning is imprecise (which I like) and can also generate in
            between semitones. How strong I push the keys also affects the tuning.

            It can be a little tricky to play but overall I'm very happy about how it came out.
  •         The "Bassoforte" track is also available as an high-quality download on my Bandcamp page: