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Tricone Resonator Bass - Scaled Up

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Mar 20, 2021 - 2:49:38 AM

Tricone Bass


1 posts since 3/20/2021

I’m interested in the possibility of building / having built a sort of Tricone Resonator Bass, but scaled up - using the larger units from the single-cone guitars; like 9 1/2” or whatever they are.
I’ve only ever seen single-cone resonator basses. A larger Tricone, on the other hand, would likely have better bass response.
I’m fairly certain this Tricone Bass is going to have to be a sort of upright. It makes me think a contrabass balalaika might work since it’s already a triangle - though the T-Bar would thus have to be redesigned of course.

Thanks for your attention and consideration.

Mar 20, 2021 - 6:13:07 AM

85 posts since 6/10/2011

What about mounting the tricones or even a single cone in one of those awesome bass balalaikas?

Mar 22, 2021 - 6:29:58 AM

343 posts since 9/24/2014

Sounds like a cool idea to me.

Mar 22, 2021 - 3:06:59 PM
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1143 posts since 9/29/2009

As you said, you would need to scale up the T-bridge to reach between the centers of the larger cones, and adapt the biscuit bridge ends of the cones to the tips of the T-bridge. You have a choice of the standard 9 1/2 inch guitar cone, the 9 1/2 inch mandolin cone, or the 8 1/4 inch cone, available from Beard. See how National got the standard tri-cone arrangement into a triangular body on a their tri-cone tenor guitar for ideas on adapting to the Balalaika body. Do you have an idea about making your T-bridge?


Edited by - SamCy on 03/22/2021 15:13:08

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