Limited series !

( "Basse aux pieds" )

This instrument was very popular in the early 20th century.
It was invented by Mr.Joseph Alexandry from Namur (Belgium) and patented in 1894. 
The Foot Bass was very popular until 1945.
Due to the interest of a small group of  contemporary musicians, the instrument is making a come back.

The instrument can be used as an additional  bass, supplementing  for instance, an accordion, violin, wind or others instruments, to provide the bass notes to the chords.

  below:  New Foot Bass 12 keys. wallnut veneer finish lacquered

                                   

Playing techniques, and musical possibilities.

The Foot Bass is played with the feet ,when placed on the ground.
Every foot manages 6 keys.
The notes are produced by pressing a key and simultaneously pushing down the bellows.
A grip at the back of the Foot Bass can be connected to a chair to prevent the instrument from slipping.
The Foot Bass is a "single action" instrument, producing a tone by pushing only.
When the foot is released ,two big springs inside, move the upper part into starting position again, and consequently refilling the bellows.

The 12 tone Foot bass consists of the following notes.
 

(From left to right) 
keyboard lay out

  C -G -D -A -E -B  /  -F# -C# -G# -D# -A#-F

other tone combinations are possible.

voice combinations    2 tones (in octaves)
                                     
         
Finishes available
         jet black or  wallnut veneer lacquered
          *optional: a variety of veneers or finishes.

               
dimensions:            length   64 cm
                                width  35 cm
                                height 17 cm

 

availlable with  bellows green- ,         and bellows red marble papers    

Hard case made to our special order in Italy (optional  125 

Hear how the footbass sounds !

Sound file
You're listening to a section of the waltz from the opera "the merry Widows" by Carl
Maria von Weber.

Sound file
You're listening to a combination of guitar with foot bass playing a ragtime.

Sound file
You're listening to a waltz played  by a small combo including a foot bass

Price and Warranty

The price of the basic model foot bass is 1935 *


Our foot bass is warranted against defects in materials or workmanship for a period of five years.

 

Keyboard Lay Out

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