Octobass

Octobass

The octobass is an extremely large bowed string instrument that was first built around 1850 in Paris by the French luthier Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume. It has three strings, and is essentially a larger version of the double bass. Because of the extreme fingerboard length and string thickness, the musician plays it using a system of hand and foot-activated levers and pedals. The instrument is so large that, sometimes, two musicians work together to play it: one to bow and the other to control the levers and foot pedals. It has never been produced on a large scale or used much by composers. In addition to the Paris instrument, another octobass is in the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, ... more on Wikipedia

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