A few days ago, I got an email from Irene Tukuafu, artist, musician, musical instrument maker, and kindred spirit, now living in Illinois. Here’s her email and my reply:
On 12/23/16 at 9:15 PM -0600, Irene Tukuafu wrote in a message entitled
Fwd: Washtub bass:
Dear Lloyd, I just finished this last night. Well, I have some more fun painting I’m going to do on this, but thought you’d like to see it. I did some research on the different kinds of washtub bass’s and when a gal let me play her one that had the handle of an axe….that worked better and can control the sound pitch better. At least it did when I played her one.
Sooooooooo I’m in the market to find a better string. Living is just wonderful when filled with fun stuffs to do. My next musical instrument will be a TENNESSEE MUSIC BOX. It’s a dulcimer that was used more for the dance hall, so had to be bigger. Not much to look at………..soooooo I’m making mine to Look at too. ha.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO THE MAX to you and all.
Here’s my ‘box base.” It uses a piece of a Samsonite suitcase for a soundboard. That’s my brother on banjo and Phoebe Brabo, 91 playing ragtime piano, at my Mom’s rest home in 2010:
Several years ago I ran across the Baby Soda Jazz band playing in Union Square in NYC and fell in love with Peter Ford’s box base. It took me about 2 years to talk him into into making the parts for me, which he sent me and I then put together. Here’s his band:
I try to catch them each year when I go to NYC.