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Thread #55454   Message #863080
Posted By: Cap't Bob
09-Jan-03 - 07:25 PM
Thread Name: Washtub Bass String Question
Subject: RE: Washtub Bass String Question
My wash tub bass is actually a garbage can bass that I built using the plans on Dennis Havelena's webpage. I have tried the standard wash tub base but find the garbage can bass to be a whole lot easier to play. It has an arm like a pump that you use to change the tension on the string.

Dennis recommends using dacron rope for this particular instrument. Dacron was also recommended by a woman that plays in a local group "The Wash Tub Band". I had trouble finding dacron rope (we live back in the sticks, however I had an old piece of dacron braided line from my boat. You can usually tell the difference between nylon and dacron in that the dacron seems to have a lot of loose fibers sticking out here and there.   

If you want to check out the webpage go to:

Oh well, what can I say.

73 Cap't Bob