What am I playing on? How long have you got?
For my double bass work, I use a 3 string bass, labeled Leopold Widhalm (Nuremberg 1720) and
a 4 string processional bass, probably from the Iberian peninsula.
Roger Dawson made me copies of two instruments he had restored: a low bass viol in G by the Busch family of Nuremberg (circa 1640) and the very large 17th century bass violin in the Royal collection bequeathed to Prince Albert by Dragonetti.
Mark Caudle made me a small bass violin, a copy of a Brothers Amati instrumen, currently strung in Banchieri's bass violin tuning.
I play a 7 string bass viol (after Bertrand) by Robert Foster and a 6 string bass (after the small Bertrand in the Brussels museum) by René Slotboom. Then there's the large medieval fiddel and... Did I hear
In 2012 a Henk Klop chamber organ made the journey from Salzburg Cathedral to my garage in Walthamstow . It has four ranks of pipes: 8ft, 4ft and 2ft principals and an 8ft stopped flute. The largest pipe of the 8ft principal is indeed 8ft (2.43 metres) tall. I believe it's the only one of it's type in Britain. ( See photo.)
At the moment I'm learning to play Kantele, the national instrument of Finland. Somehow I seem to have three of them: 26, 37 and 39 strings.
A. copy of a viol by Bertrand
B. bass viol in G after Busch (c.1640)
C. Leopold Widhalm 3 string bass
D. a processional bass, probably Spanish.
Here an Egyptian oud - though I usually play (sort of!) a Kuwaiti oud in traditional 5 course tuning. It's very interesting learning the micro-tonal scales.
Below the oud are details of the head of a bass viol by Robert Foster.