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Jazz Jam Session @ Barga Jazz Club

images from barga (LU) Italy

images from barga (LU) Italy

images from barga (LU) Italy

images from barga (LU) Italy

images from barga (LU) Italy

images from barga (LU) Italy

images from barga (LU) Italy

images from barga (LU) Italy

images from barga (LU) Italy

images from barga (LU) Italy

images from barga (LU) Italy

images from barga (LU) Italy

images from barga (LU) Italy

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And the real star of the evening was Renato Marcianò,the bass player putting down his large double bass and picking up a tiny instrument- a ukulele – a bass ukulele.

The Kala UBass is the size of a baritone ukulele but has the range of a bass guitar i.e. it is tuned EADG in the same octave as a standard bass guitar. It achieves this through polyurethane strings.

The original bass ukulele was the Road Toad. The downside is that it was very expensive – out of the range of most ukulele players who might be curious about it. Then they hooked up with Kala who used Road Toad’s technology and adapted a standard baritone ukulele to produce a cheaper bass ukulele. The Kala U-bass is in a range that makes it affordable to someone who wants to include bass in their ukulele group but wants to keep the aesthetic.

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