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Few days ago Diego started thinking about how he could re-purpose the keyboard of the dismantled piano he keeps in the garden, so he thought to b… Read More
Few days ago Diego started thinking about how he could re-purpose the keyboard of the dismantled piano he keeps in the garden, so he thought to build a new instrument by combining it with some other parts he had laying around. Diego ended up with this mechanical hybrid thing he thought to call "Bassoforte" (bass + pianoforte). The neck is from a broken electric bass, as a bridge he 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 Diego created is a tribute to his Dad who is a big fan of Western comic books and "spaghetti western" films, and because of him he his too. The track is available also at Diego's Bandcamp page: diegostocco.bandcamp.com/track/bassoforte Read Less
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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:
         http://diegostocco.bandcamp.com/track/bassoforte