Few days ago I started thinking about how I could re-purpose the keyboard of the dismantled piano I keep in the garden,  so I thought to build a new instrument by combining it with some other parts I had laying around.  I ended up with this mechanical hybrid thing I thought to call "Bassoforte" (bass + pianoforte).

The neck is from a broken electric bass, as a bridge I used a cabinet handle, the pickups are from a guitar and the part at the top where the strings are attached is a chimney cap, which works as resonator as well as percussive sound.

The track I created is a tribute to my dad who is a big fan of Western comic books and "spaghetti western" films, and because of him, I am a fan too.

This was taken while I was still figuring out how to build the Bassoforte.
Detail of the chimney cap. Every note played on the strings makes it resonate.
Here I was playing the Bassoforte with a double bass bow.
I installed the guitar pickups so I could play acoustic and electric sounds.
A screenshot of Amplitube 3, the amp modeling software I used to amp the bass line and the distorted sound.
Here you can see how the keys/strings action works. The neck is slightly tilted so when I press a key I can push all four strings at the same time. but because the piano keys are not perpendicular to the frets the tuning is imprecise (which I like) and can also generate in between semitones. How strong I push the keys also affects the tuning. It can be a little tricky to play but overall I'm very happy about how it came out.
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