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the online home of Derby Washtub Basses

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Welcome to Charlie Derby's online washtub bass shop

A modern take on a classic American folk instrument 

Now you can own a real acoustic bass for a fraction of the cost of an upright bass. These basses are real musical instruments capable of producing real musical notes.

Check out these features:

The tripod-mounted neck (or pole) is suspended above the vibrating surface of the tub. Notes are played by moving the fingers up and down the neck. A bass guitar tuning peg at the top of the neck provides easy tuning. Notes are easier to find than on a loose-pole tub bass.

The tub rests on a plywood platform containing a formica disc which acts as a resonator vibrating in conjunction with the tub surface. This produces a deeper, richer tone than the loose-pole bass.

These instruments are suitable for all types of music including Folk, Bluegrass, Country, Jazz, Cajun, R&B, Blues, Rock-A-Billy, Texas Swing, Dixieland, Ragtime, Spiritual, and more.

Each Derby Washtub Bass is painstakingly handcrafted one at a time in our workshop to ensure the highest quality of each instrument. We don't do it fast.  We do it right.

Please call, write, or e-mail today for more information.

Phone: 603-924-6316                  E-mail:  cederby@myfairpoint.net

Address:  Charles W. Derby, 39 High St., Peterborough, NH 03458

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