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Thread #155925   Message #3672689
Posted By: GUEST,Grishka
28-Oct-14 - 04:22 PM
Thread Name: Double Bass: Why called?
Subject: RE: Double Bass: Why called?
A string (or pipe, tube etc.) that sounds an octave lower than another one, with all other parameters unchanged, will theoretically be of double length. In particular, an organ register that sounds an octave below nominal (8-foot) is called 16-foot, after the approximate length of the lowest C pipe. The person who coined the English name may have been an organist.